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Homes for today’s heroes

Flagship schemes:
Coda in Battersea; a
Weston Homes
development in
Watford, below

South East

Weston Homes is giving doctors, nurses, teachers, emergency services workers and active and veteran armed forces personnel a £5,000 discount on any home in its portfolio across the Home Counties and South East.

‘We are so proud of the work our NHS heroes and key workers do and want to support them,’ explains chairman and chief executive Bob Weston. ‘This scheme is a small token of our appreciation for everything they are doing right now, and is part of our wider Weston response to supporting our NHS.’ weston-homes.com

Discounts and gifts are provided to NHS staff purchasing at Coda, London developer Avanton’s flagship scheme in Battersea. For example, when a doctor working at nearby St Thomas’ Hospital reserved a studio apartment after viewing it remotely, he was rewarded with a price reduction and presents including Uber credits so he could travel to work safely. Sales and marketing director David Ronson says: ‘We are honoured to have an NHS doctor, who is currently doing so much for the country, moving into Coda.’ codalondon.com

Essential workers are additionally being given a £10,000 reduction on all Storey Homes’ properties at De Montfort Place in Bedford (above) and Birch Meadow in Barkway. ‘We’re showing our gratitude to the amazing people who have held the country together with their indispensable care and expertise,’ explains managing director Katy Jordan. Three and five-bed houses are for sale at De Montfort Place, from £325,000, while at Birch Meadow, four-bed and five-bed houses start from £674,950, storey-homes.co.uk

Housing association L&Q’s Key Worker Campaign gives essential workers £5,000 off the price of all homes at Saxon Reach in Milton Keynes and Birnam Mews, near Stratford upon Avon. Under the new Early Bird scheme, people can reserve their home for £99 and claim a full refund if circumstances change. ‘Everyone should have a quality home they can afford. There has never been a more crucial time for key workers and their families to have the security of home ownership,’ says sales and customer services director Christine Osborne, lqhomes.com

Nationwide

Linden Homes, above, and Bovis Homes have extended their key worker package to cover buyers in all jobs classified as critical to the COVID-19 response. In place until the end of the year and available at sites nationwide, the package includes £500 off every £25,000 of the purchase price, flooring up to the value of £3,000, part-exchange and help with stamp duty, legal fees or in raising a deposit. lindenhomes.co.uk, bovishomes.co.uk

North

Until December 31, NHS and other essential staff reserving and completing on selected Harron Homes’ properties in Yorkshire, as well as Derbyshire, above, and the Midlands will be entitled to a £5,000 discount. They’ll also receive £1,000 of vouchers to be used on Harron’s Excellence range, so you will be able to personalise rooms with finishing touches such as tiles, carpet and fitted wardrobes. ‘We appreciate the effort everyone is putting into managing this crisis, which is why we initially introduced our NHS discount, but we wanted to go further in recognising all essential employees across the country,’ says John Booth, managing director of Harron Homes North Midlands. harronhomes.com

A regional housebuilder operating in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Beal Homes is offering a new five per cent discount for all NHS workers, recognising the vital role they play in the fight against coronavirus. There’s no cut-off date, so these frontline staff are under no pressure to plan a move quickly. beal-homes.co.uk

Midlands

In an extension of its ongoing key worker scheme, all essential workers completing on a home by December 31 at any of Mulberry Homes’ developments (above) in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, as well as further south in Bedfordshire, are offered a financial contribution of £500 for every £20,000 spent. This equates to the tidy sum of £10,000 on a £400,000 house, and can be put towards stamp duty, legal fees, upgrades or flooring. On top of this, when sites reopen these workers will be given priority appointments and a gift of £1,000 to spend with local businesses of their choice. ‘We’re thrilled to be extending our bespoke key worker scheme, especially during these difficult times when those working in the public sector continue to work extremely hard to provide vital services,’ says Ian Sadler, managing director of Mulberry Homes. mulberryhomes.co.uk

Tailored incentives to the value of £5,000 are available to key workers buying at Northdale Park, above, near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire and at The Stables, outside Market Harborough in Leicestershire, both delivered in a partnership between Bowbridge Homes and Snowdon Homes. Buyers can put the money towards whatever they need most, such as stamp duty, legal fees, removal costs, flooring or upgrades, via connells.co.uk

Hooray for our carers

Heartfelt thank yous to those on the frontline

After my experiences working with the British Forces Broadcasting Service, I have looked more closely at what we have every day on our doorstep. The NHS, fire and police services, care workers, teachers, refuse collectors, highway agencies, cleaners, public transport operators and supermarket staff: we sometimes take them all for granted because they are always there for us! It’s at unprecedented times like this when we all should take note and respect what we have. I can’t find the words to thank and praise all our key workers enough. They are holding this country together and we all must love, show respect and support for them in every way possible, by going above and beyond to help them as they are there helping us every minute of the day while we are at war with the coronavirus. Key workers, you are all our heroes. Much love and respect.’ Craig Phillips, former big brother winner

To all our NHS staff, carers and key workers, what would we do without you all? Thank you so much for looking after us all at this time.’ Amy Childs, TVpersonality​

Sending a big massive THANK YOU to our NHS and key workers. We would not get through this without you. Please stay safe, sending love from the McGuinness family.’ Christine McGuinness, model

I have been completely floored by the incredible efforts of the NHS staff across the nation in the face of this crisis. Their dedication, perseverance and resilience in recent weeks has been incredible and should be applauded long beyond the lockdown. We are hugely indebted to these passionate people who have risked, and lost, their lives to help others.’ Kelly Hoppen MBE

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone helping to keep our country going, and for putting the nation’s lives before their own. One day, we will look back and be able to say that we are again Great Britain, thanks to our key and health workers. Thank you!’ Cara De la hoyde & Nathan Massey, former Love Island winners