Llanmoor site visits inspire donation of £500 to local special needs school
Regular site visits from a local disabled man have inspired a donation of £500 to his former school from Welsh home builder Llanmoor Homes. The family-owned company has been enjoying visits from John Rogers, who suffers with cerebral palsy, at their Llanharan development St Ilid’s Meadow.
John enjoys visiting housing developments owned by several housebuilders in the area, but especially likes Llanmoor’s sites and visits St Ilid’s Meadow around three times a week.
“Llanmoor’s developments are my favourite because they’re always clean and tidy and well organised” said John. “The staff always make me feel very welcome when I visit and I really enjoy talking with them about the work they do.”
Staff at the development look forward to John’s visits, and with John coming down so frequently the St Ilid’s Meadow Site Manager, Mark Painter, has supplied him with his own hard hat and high visibility jacket to wear while he is on site.
“John likes to see the progress we are making on site and asks very insightful questions about roads, where we are building next and how sales are going” said Mark. “He’s very interested in what we do on site and how we do it.
“I chat with John on a regular basis, he likes to know what’s going on and he keeps me on my toes with all his questions. All the staff on site enjoy John’s visits and I’m happy because he’s keeping a eye on them for me!”
To repay John for his visits, Llanmoor staff started an initiative to make a donation to a charity or cause of John’s choice and John decided that he would like the donation to go to his old school.
The school John attended, Ysgol Erw’r Delyn, was knocked down and rebuilt as Ysgol Y Deri 18 months ago. The new school caters to 250 children with varying special needs from around the Cardiff area. The £500 donation will be used to provide specialist sports equipment for children at the school.
“John loved school, especially when there were improvements taking place!” said Learning Support Assistant, Denise Newman.
“Even back then his favourite pastime was visiting building sites or anything connected to construction work. John liked nothing more than the thrill of proposed demolition or re-build work and often returned after he finished at school to keep an eye on the rebuild and plans for the new school.
“John is a very caring and generous person, so it’s no surprise he has donated this money to the new school – something very close to his heart that he has watched progress through all stages of development.”