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Friday, 07 July 2017

A local initiative which provides free lunches for up to 50 primary school children in Seaton has received a £1,000 boost which will be used to purchase ingredients.

Seaton Community Church received the donation from the CALA Homes (North) community bursary. The organisation runs a Make Lunches scheme which dishes out free lunches three days per week during school holidays.

Kirsty Harrold, organiser of the Make Lunches scheme at Seaton Community Church, said: “Holiday hunger is a huge problem for many families across the region.

“Children are guaranteed a free nutritious meal at school however parents can often struggle to cover the added costs of buying additional meals during holidays.

“Our initiative is staffed solely by volunteers and funded by the church. Any donations which help us to purchase vegetables and other items to deliver wholesome meals for primary pupils are always gratefully received.”

Seaton Community Church also runs a number of groups for children and families including a youth club, mums and toddlers coffee group and cage football sessions.

The organisation is one of 11 community groups, charities and local organisations in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which will receive a share of the housebuilder’s £10,000 community bursary this year.

Barry Bruce, Trades Co-ordinator at CALA Homes (North), added: “I had the opportunity to visit Seaton Community Church to meet with some of the Make Lunches scheme’s fantastic volunteers who make delicious meals for youngsters.

“The initiative is a vital service for many people in the area who would perhaps struggle to provide a balanced meal for their children seven days a week during school holidays.

“It ensures these children are getting the nutrients they need in order to grow and learn. It was a pleasure to meet the volunteers and help the organisation carry on its work during the summer holidays.”

Other successful community bursary applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, Community Food Initiative North East, Pitscurry Day Service, SensationALL, GCRA Ltd, Sunrise Partnership, Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeen Riding Club, CHAS, and Aberdeen Science Centre.




Issued on behalf of CALA Homes (North) by Beattie Communications


Notes to Editor – CALA Homes

CALA Homes, part of the CALA Group, is the UK’s most upmarket major home builder operating in the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland. The company is a Top 10 UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high quality homes in prime locations.


Key Facts:

  • In its full year results for the year ending 30th June 2016, CALA announced record profits of £60.1m (2015: £50.9m).
  • CALA’s average selling price (ASP), as at 30th June 2016, was £538,000 (2015: £509,000) – the highest ASP outside London of any major UK housebuilder, thanks to the Group’s market positioning and geographic presence in more affluent areas of the UK.
  • As at 30th June 2016, CALA’s owned and contracted landbank stood at 15,399 plots (2015: 14,236) with a potential gross development value approaching £5.5bn, up 16% versus 2015 (£5.2bn).
  • In 2016, CALA won ‘Large Housebuilder of The Year’ at the Scottish Home Awards for the second consecutive year, was crowned ‘Medium Housebuilder of the Year’ at the Housebuilder Awards as well as collecting a silver award for ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ at the What House? Awards.
  • On average over the past eight years, 93% of our customers have been willing to recommend CALA to a friend in the Home Builders Federation National New Homes customer satisfaction survey
  • In March 2013, the CALA Group was acquired by Patron Capital Partners, the private equity group, and Legal & General Group, the insurance, savings and investment management company.
  • At the end of March 2014, CALA acquired Banner Homes, a leading developer and retailer of luxury new homes in the affluent markets of the Midlands and the South East of England. The acquisition expanded the company’s geographical footprint and volume scale to make it a Top 10 UK home builder.
  • CALA started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. As CALA is an acronym it is always reproduced in upper case.


For further information visit www.cala.co.uk