Millions raised by housebuilder for good causes

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MILLIONS of pounds have been donated to charities across West Yorkshire thanks to a local housebuilder.

David Wilson Homes has given more than £2m to local projects to help pay for highway improvements, public open spaces, improvements to schools and educational facilities, recreational facilities and local healthcare.

The funding is part of planning agreements with local authorities, and has gone to causes including

Applegarth Manor in Oulton, Leeds, has seen £380,000 contributed to primary and secondary education nearby.

Barratt Developments has also raised over £25,000 for St Gemma’s Hospice and helped raise more than £95,000 for KidsOut in Leeds at a black tie event at Elland Road earlier in the year.

Ian Ruthven, managing director at David Wilson Homes’ Yorkshire West division, said: “We want to support local communities and we hope these contributions will go a long way towards improving the lives of people who live in the local area.”

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