A housing developer team in Borehamwood have raised £200,000 in just a year for a children's charity.

The team at McCarthy and Stone, which built the retirement home Goldwyn House in Studio Way, have been supporting Coram Beanstalk - its charity of the year.

Coram Beanstalk supports children aged three to 13 with trained reading helpers to improve their reading ability and confidence.

Originally setting a fundraising target of £100,000, McCarthy and Stone employees, Goldwyn House residents, and the developer's partners have been able to raise double that amount.

Ginny Lunn, managing director for Coram Beanstalk, said: "This is a phenomenal fundraising achievement. McCarthy and Stone’s wonderful employees and residents have gone to great lengths and worked very hard this past year to raise £200,000 for us.

"We would like to say a sincere thank you to them all. The funds raised will make a real difference to thousands of children who struggle with reading and will help us expand our reach and deliver more vital reading support to children across the country who most need it."

John Tonkiss, McCarthy and Stone’s chief executive, said: "I am immensely proud of all the fundraising efforts over the past year, from all our employees, residents and suppliers in Borehamwood.

"It’s great that we can support Beanstalk and all the wonderful work they do in making a real difference to children’s lives, while helping to inspire the next generation of readers.

"We are extremely grateful for the support shown by the team in Borehamwood who made a great contribution to the overall fundraising total, with people dropping-in to its developments to take part in various activities including a team cycle ride, golf day and cake sales.

"Suppliers and contractors also backed the regional team’s fundraising efforts, with financial donations and their participation in events and activities."