We have experienced an exceptionally busy trading period since the first lockdown was eased.

Our branches in Minehead and Williton were keen to spread this success to the most needy in the community and to this end have been supporting local charity, Home-Start West Somerset.

The charity provides vital support to families with young children across West Somerset and during lockdown has seen demand for its services rocket – with its workload increasing by 160%.

To help parents cope in the crisis the service switched from a home visiting model to phone and online support. The charity helped parents to cope with new demands such as home schooling.

They also assisted practically with food box deliveries along with nappies and medicines and resources to keep youngsters entertained.

Manager of Home-Start West Somerset, Clare Pound, said: “It’s all been very tough and hard work, but we’ve absolutely loved being out there, being helpful, and experiencing this situation at the front line directly with the families from day one.”

Keen to support the charity’s essential work we came up with a “sell one, pay one” policy where fees from completed sales in Minehead and Williton are set aside for the charity.

In a short time £1,000 has been accrued for Home-Start. This useful sum will provide Christmas hampers for families supported by the charity.

Home-Start West Somerset is part of a national charity network, but must provide all its own fund-raising so the donation from GTH is key to ensuring the charity’s valuable work can be carried out.

Caroline Ferris, Residential Manager at Minehead and Williton, is delighted the firm is supporting this worthwhile cause.

GTH will continue to support Home-Start over the coming months as they help families from “bump” to baby and beyond, providing practical help and guidance in these unprecedented times.

Meanwhile the property market in Minehead and Williton is incredibly buoyant, boosted by the stamp duty holiday, which is available on sale completions up to the end of March 2021, making a property purchase all the more appealing.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are following the latest Government safety guidelines regarding market appraisals and viewings.

In addition staff are working in “bubbles” to further minimise any risks to clients or themselves. To contact the Minehead office please call 01643 706666.

To find out more about Home-Start please see www.homestart-westsomerset.org.uk call 01643 707304 or email admin@homestart-westsomerset.org.uk