Taylor Wimpey donates £500 to Penicuik Men’s Shed

Taylor Wimpey donates £500 to Penicuik Men's Shed

Robert Fotheringham, assistant site manager for Taylor Wimpey, and Lyndsay Wood, sales executive, present £500 to Jim Mallen, vice-chair Penicuik Men’s Shed with members of the local shed looking on (Chris Watt Photography)

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has donated £500 to the Penicuik & District Men’s Shed in recognition of Men’s Health Awareness Week (13-19 June).

The money provides a boost to provide materials it requires to kit out the resource it now has within the Penicuik YMCA following its recent agreement to meet within the Clubroom and social workspace within the existing YM building.

The Penicuik & District Men’s Shed is one of 127 Men’s Sheds open across Scotland, and it is a local charity that is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for men to promote mental, physical, emotional wellbeing of its members, as well as the economic wellbeing of others in the local community through the provision of recreational facilities and activities.

Jim Mallen, vice-chair at Penicuik Men’s Shed, said: “Men’s Sheds are in the news at the moment, and as part of Men’s Health Week we have taken part in a Members’ Debate in The Scottish Parliament to discuss the important role that Men’s Sheds play within our local communities to support aging men.

“Our Men’s Shed is a place to pursue practical skills, as well as creating social connections and making friends while sharing knowledge, and this donation is a great boost.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey, and we can’t thank them enough for their generous donation. It will support our new association with Penicuik YMCA to create a functioning garden area with a polytunnel and raised planter beds.”

Taylor Wimpey’s donation also marks a key milestone for its next local development to launch for sale which is coming soon at Greenlaw Mains in Penicuik, where construction on its range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes is well underway.

Kirsty McGill, sales and marketing director, added: “We are proud to be able to support the Penicuik & District Men’s Shed with a fundraising boost that will allow them to buy some essential materials for the projects they are working on.

“We do more than just build high-quality homes. Being able to work with local businesses and organisations that surround our developments means a great deal to us, and it’s great to know that we are helping to make a difference to the lives of people in local communities.”

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