A Cambridgeshire-based housebuilder has donated £1,000 to Cancer Research UK to mark then launch of its newest development in the county.

Bellway Eastern Counties, whose divisional office is in Huntingdon, made the donation as it officially opened the sales office at Bassingbourn Fields, a new development of 100 homes in Fordham, on Saturday 17 October.

Gill Burgess, Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK East Anglia, was invited to cut the ribbon at the event before accepting a cheque on behalf of the charity from Bellway Sales Manager, Rachael Gatehouse.

Cancer Research UK became Bellway’s nominated charity in 2016, and since then the housebuilder has raised a total of more than £1.6 million across each of its divisions and head office.

Gill said: “We have formed a fantastic relationship with Bellway over the past few years and we are extremely grateful for their continued support. It was a pleasure to cut the ribbon to officially open the Bassingbourn Fields development and, of course, to receive this generous donation, which will help our continued efforts to beat cancer.

“It is no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on many charities, including Cancer Research UK, and we are therefore more reliant than ever on the generosity of businesses and individuals to enable us to carry out the vital research which will help to save lives.”

Rhiannon Jones, Head of Sales for Bellway Eastern Counties, said: “We are immensely proud to have Cancer Research UK as our nominated charity.

“Although we fundraise for Cancer Research UK on a regular basis, we were particularly keen to support the charity now, at a time when the pandemic is having such a devastating effect on its fundraising activities.

“Making this donation was the perfect way to mark the launch of our new Bassingbourn Fields development and we were thrilled that Gill was able to attend the event and cut the ribbon on behalf of the charity.”

Located off Mildenhall Road, Bassingbourn Fields will consist of a range of three, four and five-bedroom homes for sale. Customers can book an appointment to visit the sales office and find out more about the homes available by contacting a member of the sales team.

For more information, call 01638 445 213 or visit bellway.co.uk.