Housebuilder's grand donation funds children's hospice care

Claire Small
Authored by Claire Small
Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 8:04pm

A charity donation is helping enhance the lives of children experiencing life-limiting conditions and their families in the South West.

Children’s Hospice South West has been awarded £1,000 from Persimmon Homes South West’s Community Champions fund to help improve accessibility to care for all families in the region.

Fundraiser Sally Gibson explained: “We are committed to ensuring that care offered at our three hospices is not simply about medical care for poorly children, but about enriching the lives of children and their families. Despite its devastating impact, Covid has provided opportunities for innovative ways to deliver care to children with life limiting conditions by working within the community.

“We aim to improve accessibility to care for all families, particularly those from poorer socio-economic backgrounds who often have the lowest rates of engagement with care services. Having introduced a Hospice-Home-Virtual care model during the pandemic we now want to permanently embed community/outreach children's palliative care teams within the CHSW region and this kind donation will support that aim.”

Stacey Harris, sales director at Persimmon Homes South West, said: “This charity has a large impact on the lives of its clients and their families and we’re humbled to hand over £1,000 funding to the team at Children’s Hospice South West, especially as it will be put to such good use.

“Persimmon Homes South West has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a tricky task to pick our winners each month.

“If applicants were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion. We are always keen to support the communities in which we build.”

The housebuilder’s national match-funding programme Community Champions seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life for local people.

Each month the Exeter-based builder donates up to £2,000 to community groups across the region. This also happens across Persimmon’s other 31 operating areas, meaning up to £64,000 is dished out every single month – a total of £768,000 a year.

Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at

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