Hope for hospice thanks to Persimmon donation
29 November 2021
A hospice that cares for terminally and seriously ill children in Shropshire has been handed a major boost.
Persimmon makes £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives across the UK.
The hospice supports more than 750 local families who are either caring for a terminally ill child, or whose child has died.
Rachel Lewis, trust officer at Hope House Children's Hospice, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this funding from Persimmon Homes.
“Last year we received a similar grant which enabled us to send Christmas activity packs to the families in our care, helping them create precious memories together and feel less isolated over the winter season.
“All our families were incredibly moved by the packs so we would love to do the same again this year.
“The isolation experienced by many of our families in 2020 has only increased and even though life has started to return to normal for many people, families with seriously ill children are still at high risk.
“While everyone else can go back to the activities they love, many of our families are still shielding as much as practically possible.
“Our Christmas packs will contain a handwritten note, chocolates and an activity that the child can enjoy together with their family.
“This donation will enable us to send packages to all 120 families in our care so we’d like to say another massive thank you to Persimmon for making this possible.”
David Greengrass, head of sales for West Midlands, said: “We’re really happy to be helping Hope House Children's Hospice again this Christmas.
“It’s really inspirational to hear all the fantastic stories about how the team has gone above and beyond to make sure local children, young people and families have what they need to live the best life they can.
“Receiving something as simple as a parcel in the post can really help someone who is feeling isolated and overwhelmed, especially if they’re having to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people during the festive period.”