Housebuilder donation helps create work cabin for local charity

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TAYLOR Wimpey East Scotland has donated a storage unit to Penicuik & District Men’s Shed, which will be refurbished to create a new workshop cabin to support the organisation’s move to the existing Penicuik YMCA building.

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

Jim Mallen, vice-chair at Penicuik Men’s Shed, said, “Our Men’s Shed plays an important part within the local community to support ageing men. It is a place to pursue practical skills, as well as creating social connections and making friends while sharing knowledge, and this unusual donation of a storage unit is a great boost.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey to-date, and we can’t thank them enough for their latest generous and quite unusual donation. They have gifted us with an old storage unit, and we are refurbishing it to create a workshop cabin that will further support our new association with Penicuik YMCA to create a functioning garden area with a polytunnel and raised planter beds.”

The donation also marks a milestone for the latest Taylor Wimpey development to launch for sale at Greenlaw Mains in Penicuik, where construction on its range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes is underway.

Kirsty McGill, sales and marketing director, added, “We are proud to be able to continue our support for the Penicuik & District Men’s Shed in this unusual way, which has allowed them to upcycle one of our old storage units to create a new resource they will be able to use to support their work on a variety of local projects.

“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.”