Prominent kitchen manufacturer Rixonway Kitchens has joined forces with leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider Mears, to celebrate the installation of their 500th kitchen on a housing estate in Watford, with a charitable donation of £500 to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Both Rixonway and Mears each donated £250 to the charity which was selected by the recipients of the 500th kitchen, Mr and Mrs Field of Leggatts Rise due to their grandson being admitted to the hospital.

The kitchen installations are part of Watford Community Housing Trust’s 30 year, £66 million Decent Homes refurbishment programme to bring all its properties up to a Government standard regarding warmth, weatherproofing and modern kitchen and bathroom fittings.

Formed in 1978, Yorkshire-based Rixonway Kitchens has over 30 years’ experience in supplying kitchens to affordable housing and the public sector, and is the only UK kitchen manufacturer dedicated to community regeneration.

Paul Rose, Chief Executive of Rixonway Kitchens, said: “Rixonway is committed to giving something back to the communities we work in. Rixonway is always keen to help improve the communities in which we work and have worked with a number of organisations including The Harrogate Homeless project and Wellington Hill Residents Association in Leeds”.

“We have also established the Rixonway fundraising team who are set to swim for Marie Curie in April and cycle around Ireland in September.”

When residents of Watford Community Housing Trust are identified as requiring a new kitchen, Rixonway provides a designer to visit each individual property to advise tenants on the best option and design a bespoke kitchen from the selected range. Partner Mears then installs the kitchens upon delivery.

Sam Inman, Customer and Community Manager at Mears, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a donation to the chosen charity of the recipient of our 500th kitchen installation on the Watford Community Housing Trust estate. Mears believes in excellent customer care and putting the tenant at the heart of everything we do which is why we are happy to donate £250 to put something back into the community in Watford.”