A parent and toddler group in Headington has received £300 from David Wilson Homes’ Community Chest fund, allowing the centre to accommodate deprived families during the day.

Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group applied for the money through the housebuilders’ Community Chest initiative, created to support local causes in and around its nearby De Lacy Fields development in Chesterton, Bicester.

Belinda House, (52) from Headington, has been running the group on a part-time basis for over 10 years; “The parent and toddler group is vital to this community; we cater for children from 0 to 5 years old and of course their parents are present to see them interact with the other children.

“The money which has been generously donated by David Wilson Homes will be used to keep the centre running for the next few months. We often do fundraising events, with children past and present, to raise enough money to buy refreshments, arts and crafts and of course, to pay the rent.”

Belinda says that some parents come on a regular basis to save their heating bills at home; “Some of the children live in a deprived area and because their parents struggle for money, they come to the centre to keep warm. Whilst the children play it gives parents time to relax and they can have a cup of tea and chat to likeminded people in their situation.”

Steve Barton, Senior Sales Manager for David Wilson Homes Mercia commented, “We launched our Community Chest initiative late last year with the hope that we’d be able to support the community around De Lacy Fields. Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group is a worthwhile cause, offering a fantastic service and we’re only pleased to help.”

De Lacy Fields is located in Kingsmere Village, Chesterton and has a range of three, four and five bedroom houses available, priced from £330,000. For more information please call the sales centre on 01869 253 019 open daily between 10am and 5pm.

Alternatively please call the sales information centre on 0844 811 3322 open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm or log on to www.dwh.co.uk.

David Wilson Homes Mercia has been awarded the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the fourth year in a row. The news was announced after more than 20,000 new home buyers across the country took part in this year’s HBF customer satisfaction survey.

To apply for funding go online at www.dwhcommunityconnections.co.uk, fill out the simple form and a member of the David Wilson Homes Mercia team will be in touch.

Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group is open to families in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week. For more information please visit www.localgiving.com/charity/parentandtoddlergroup.