Oxfordshire Business Raises £6,000 for Royal British Legion’s Centenary Poppy Campaign


Cognatum, the not-for-profit developer of retirement homes held a Cheque Presentation Ceremony at their headquarters in Watlington, Oxfordshire last week to contribute £6,000 to the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Poppy Campaign. Established to raise funds during the centenary period, running from 4th August – 11th November, the campaign aims to cover the UK in poppies. Eager to do their part, residents got involved by planting poppies across most of Cognatum’s 60 estates and by holding fundraising events such as picnics and tea parties.

The ceremony was attended by VIP guests such as Dick Stillwell, Chairman, Watlington and District Royal British Legion, Lt Andy Higgins RN, serving naval officer, Ken Cook, WW2 veteran and member of Watlington Royal British Legion as well as Cognatum staff, residents and local supporters from the Oxfordshire region.

Charles Clayton, Managing Director of Cognatum comments: “More needs to be done to support the Royal British Legion’s initiatives and due to many of our residents having a very personal connection to WW1, we were keen to work as a community and raise funds for the Centenary Poppy Campaign. We are grateful to everyone who took up the challenge and helped raise such a large amount of money for an important cause.”

The idea to distribute poppy seeds to commemorate the centenary of WW1 originated with Legion members in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Royal British Legion and has now gained nationwide recognition.

Cognatum manages over 60 private residential estates, predominantly located in the south of England, with six of their developments located in Oxfordshire including Dorchester-on-Thames, Stanford in the Vale, Charlbury, Henley-on-Thames, Goring-on-Thames and Woodstock. Most residences are situated close to shops and other amenities in historic market towns and villages, and boast extensive lifestyle and service facilities such as swimming pools, hiking opportunities as well as on-site estate managers for additional security.

Currently on the market for £325,000 at the Penstones Court development in Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon is a lovely 2-bedroom cottage. Featuring a private terrace, single garage and personal alarm system, residents also benefit from landscaped gardens, resident courtyard managers and a guest suite, allowing visitors to stay overnight.

For further information, please visit www.cognatum.co.uk or call 01367 710139. For details on the Centenary Poppy Campaign, visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/centenary-poppy-campaign


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About Cognatum

Cognatum is an independent, not-for-profit company and was formed in 2010 following the merger of the English Courtyard Association and The Beechcroft Trust and is a member of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM).

The board of directors is made up of a chairman, three executive directors and five other non-executive directors including two who are Cognatum property owners. In addition there is a panel of eight owners, the Residents Advisory Panel, who meet twice a year to comment and advise on Cognatum’s activities, policies and processes.