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Childhood cancer charity receives support from North Midlands team

02 August 2021

Childhood cancer charity receives support from North Midlands team

A charity that provides vital research into childhood cancer, and grants wishes to affected children and their families, has been given a £1,000 boost from our Building Futures campaign.

Islastones Foundation, based in Hinckley, was founded in memory of Isla Tansey, a 7-year-old girl who started a worldwide stone decorating movement in April 2018.

Isla was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and got sent home with only weeks to live. She began decorating stones for her friends to hide and very quickly her community grew to over 65,000 worldwide. Despite experiencing considerable pain, Isla enjoyed seeing where each of the stones ended up and to see the smiles of her many followers. Sadly, Isla passed away on 10 July 2018.

The charity has now been granted £1,000 from Persimmon Homes North Midlands as part of the housebuilder’s Building Futures campaign, which runs until August. Building Futures will deliver more £1m to good causes this year.

Katherine Tansey, mother of Isla, said: “This is absolutely awesome news, thank you so much Persimmon Homes! The money will go towards resources, materials and equipment for arts & craft workshop sessions for the wider community promoting well-being. It will also be used for smaller therapeutic meaningful sessions for disadvantaged groups such as children and young adults with a learning disability.”

Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health, and sport. A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November. In each sector – education & arts, health, and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Katherine added: “If we were lucky enough to win the top prize then we would continue to offer financial grants and assistance for children and families affected by childhood cancer to take short breaks and make precious memories.

“We would also love to be able to develop our volunteer services and support our volunteers to visit schools and local community groups to talk about Isla, the Islastones Foundation and how it has brought communities together.”

Nadine O'Dowd, sales director at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “When I heard about Isla’s story it was truly inspiring and there was no doubt in my mind that the charity set up in her memory would be a deserving winner of our Building Futures scheme this month.

“The Islastones Foundation has helped so many local children understand care, compassion and the difficulties that other children face in their lives which is so important. Hopefully this additional £1,000 will help Katherine continue her amazing work and inspire the younger generation to do something positive in our local communities.”

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