In 1991 a group of prominent Southampton businessmen urged a group of scientists working for the University of Southampton to launch a charity to support some of the excellent work in the field of asthma and allergy that was being produced by the research group who were located at Southampton General Hospital. This group led by Professor Stephen Holgate (CBE) have since then become arguably one of the world’s leading centres of excellence in the field of asthma, allergy and all related conditions of the respiratory system. This has recently resulted in recognition as The World Centre of Excellence in Allergic Disease. The award will run for 3 years. The group now have considered experts in all aspects of respiratory medicine and with both national and international recognition, the Southampton Group have become the group for young scientist from most countries in the world, to work with. We currently have at any time some 20 nationalities working as students or research personnel. The current chairperson is Professor Donna Davies who co-ordinates the decision making of a group of some 12 Trustees. This group is made up of scientists and external professional lay persons with a mix of sex and ethnicity. Funding for this activity comes from every source imaginable from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC), to the League of Friends at Southampton General Hospital and of course AAIR. The Asthma, Allergy and Inflammation Research Trust (AAIR) works with these scientists allowing them to purchase pieces of vital equipment, to fund studentships and to support programmes of work with consumable cost. In the past 23 years AAIR has contributed some £6M to assist with developing new drugs, to improve treatment and to further understand the mechanisms that present patients with the debilitating effects of asthma and allergic disease. The success of the Southampton Research group has resulted in a state of the art rebuild of a Bio-medical Research Unit (BRU) which combined with the Welcome Clinical Research Facility provides Southampton arguably with the largest most successful clinical research unit of its type in the UK.

via The Asthma, Allergy and Inflammation Research Trust (AAIR).


Simon Stanley was a 37-year-old teacher from Southampton, Hampshire, when he died from cancer. His wife, Sally, found there was no bereavement support locally for their two sons, Andrew (5) and Tom (2). Research indicated that The Stanley’s experience was not unique and there was a wider need to provide resources and information to children, parents, teachers, health professionals and emergency services in Hampshire.

Simon Says became a registered charity in 2001, and was formally launched in 2002 with Sally Taylor MBE as its patron, with the aim of supporting children and young people within Hampshire, who have a close relative/friend who has died or is dying. The death of someone important can have a devastating effect on a young person, but we know that given appropriate support and information, children and young people can be helped to understand what has happened and can be helped to rebuild their lives.

From our office in West Wellow Simon Says supports children, young people and their parents living in Hampshire, through workshops, support groups, and written information and documentation. Simon Says runs a telephone help line and offers befriending and counselling services. Support groups currently run in the New Forest (New Milton), Central Hampshire (Eastleigh), East Hampshire (Hilsea), North Hampshire (Basingstoke) and Gosport. The Groups offer the opportunity for families to learn from one another and share their experiences of bereavement with the realisation that other people have felt the same way which can be very reassuring in helping them through their bereavement journey. Simon Says also works very closely with schools and professionals working with children offering advice, support and training on coping with child bereavement.

Facts & Figures

It is estimated that every 22 minutes a child or young person in the UK is bereaved of a parent. It is estimated that 1 in 25 of school aged children (between 5yrs and 16yrs) will have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. This does not account for those who have lost another significant person eg grandparent, uncle, cousin or a close friend. Covering just Hampshire, the Simon Says Helpline receives over 2500 calls per year requesting support and/or information for helping bereaved children. An average of 900 bereaved children and young people attend the Simon Says support groups per annum. Almost 50% of the deaths Simon Says has supported, have been sudden deaths eg heart attack, road traffic accidents suicide, or murder.

via Simon Says.

What will a budget of £895,000 buy you in Southampton compared to London – three times the space –that’s what.

£895,000 is a sizeable budget for anyone buying a property and with the average London house price hitting a record peak of £401,072 in September a budget twice that will still buy you a decent pad. But with London house prices rising 21% in London alone last year alone getting a good deal is tough. It’s obvious that leaving the capital you will get far more bang for your buck.

Head to Southampton and exactly how much more space you will get for your money becomes evident. Southampton house prices currently sits at an average of £220,000 but massive growth is expected with property values predicted to rise by 43% by 2019 – taking the average price up by £100,000. In a market where many are saying house price growth has peaked Southampton offers huge opportunities so how does what’s on for sale in Southampton compare to London?
A budget of £850,000 to £895,000 in Southampton will buy you a five bedroom detached house with an abundance of space inside and out

The proof: What’s on offer in Southampton

Holly Lodge – One of the properties currently on our books at Local Property Index in Southampton is a detached family home that boasts four bedrooms, five reception rooms and three bathrooms across 2,860 sq ft of living space. This is supplemented with far reaching views across farmland and woodland in the Meon Valley village location of Corhampton. With a price tag of £895,000 that’s a price of £312 per sq ft for the living accommodation alone without mentioning the perfectly manicured gardens that surround it.

1538675_1Swanwick House – Head to Swanwick and a budget of £850,000 buys you a five bedroomed detached family home with four reception areas and 3,600 sq ft of accommodation as well as a detached double garage with home office above. This is further complemented by car parking and gated driveway and gardens – all next to open farmland close to Swanwick Lakes at a cost £236 per sq ft of space. What’s not to like?

Head to London and you literally get a fraction of the space for your money

A budget of £895,000 in London will buy you a three bedroom terraced house less than half the size and a garden if you are lucky

The proof: What’s on offer in London (using Richmond upon Thames as an example)

chpk2474894-1Albany Passage – Remember the rolling gardens and mass of rooms in the Southampton properties? Whilst Richmond boasts a river and park giving the home owner plenty of open space to explore outside getting space inside is a tougher challenge. This property in Richmond comprises three bedrooms and one bathroom in an end of terrace property with a courtyard garden and a single reception room spread over 1,024 sq ft of space all for the same £895,00 price tag.

4_fitzwilliam_house_external_iFitzwilliam House – Within a few minutes of Richmond town centre a first floor apartment is also available for the same budget as the Southampton detached family homes. This property includes three bedrooms and two reception rooms spread over 874 sq ft of space. At £1,024 per sq ft of space the cost is more than three times the price of the living space of the Southampton properties and doesn’t boast a garden either.

Find out more about properties available for sale in Southampton on Local Property Index by clicking here.

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