Persimmon donates to The Bodie Hodges Foundation
01 July 2020
A charity that officers support to families of a bereaved child has received £1,000 donation from Persimmon to help fund care packages.
The Bodie Hodges Foundations, which supports families of bereaved children across Leicestershire and Rutland, has been awarded £1,000 from Persimmon Homes North Midlands’ Building Futures campaign which supports under-18s.
The self-funded charity provides bereavement practitioners, week long stays at Bodie’s Boathouse and sends treasured memory boxes nationwide to families that have experiences sudden or unexpected child death.
The charity has seen a huge demand for Bodie's Treasured Memory Bags, which are grief resources for those who have lost a sibling. The donation will pay for 16 bags to be sent out for children aged 3-18.
The charity also works hard to promote organ donation. Nick Hodges, from the charity, said: “When we lost our son Bodie he left a legacy that was greater than many people could have left if they’d lived for a 100 years, as he became an organ donor and helped save the lives of four other children.”
“Myself and my wife set up The Bodie Hodges Foundation to encourage more people on the organ-donor register and help provide support services to grieving families.”
“At a time when charities are being impacted by Covid-19, as fundraisers are cancelled or postponed, we are doing everything we can to raise money to keep our services going, so this donation is gratefully received.”
Building Futures will see £1 million given away across Britain to regional charities, groups, sports clubs and schools to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.
Nadine O’Dowd, sales director for Persimmon Homes North Midlands, based in Leicester, said: “We were truly touched by the fantastic work this charity does with so many families across the region. We are delighted to be able to support them during this time.”
In addition to hundreds of local donations of £1,000, 96 initiatives will go on to compete for top prizes of £100,000 through a national online public vote with the overall winners announced in October.
In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – as well as a £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.