Christmas comes early to Essex hospice
23 December 2013
Christmas has come early for a local hospice for young adults as they have received a fund-boosting giant cheque with money raised by workmen from Persimmon Essex.
Builders, plumbers and other workers from Persimmon Homes’ site in Stanway ditched their razors last month in their own ‘Movember’ challenge raising £2,465.21 for The J’s Hospice, match funded by the housebuilder to make a grand total of £4,890.42.
Frank Simpson, a builder at Persimmon Homes Nightingale Gardens, went along to the J’s Danbury Mission to present the cheque: “We hoped to raise around £1,000 and were absolutely delighted that we more than doubled this by ourselves. The fact that Persimmon has stepped in to equal our efforts is absolutely fantastic.
“The cause is one that is close to my heart as they help look after my daughter, and I can’t thank my colleagues enough for coming together to do this.”
Norman Sharpe, sales director at Persimmon Homes Essex, said: “We are always keen to support local good causes and when we heard about the guys’ idea for fundraising on site we were more than happy to help them along.”
Nikki Perry, communications manager at The J’s Hospice, said she was delighted with such a generous donation.
She said: “The money raised will contribute to the ongoing care to young adults who are living with life limiting and life threatening conditions and help us towards our vision to build the first dedicated young adult hospice in the East of England which will also provide day care facilities and access to therapies.”
J’s hospice provides nursing respite and end-of-life care and support for people aged between 16 and 40 with life limiting conditions and their families.