Persimmon donation provides hope for local hospice
27 July 2021
A hospice that provides compassionate care and support for people with a life-limiting illness is the latest recipient of funding from Persimmon Homes Wessex.
Dorothy House Hospice Care, based in Wiltshire, successfully secured £1,000 after applying to Persimmon Homes Community Champions, a match funded scheme that each month gives away two awards of up to a grand.
Its Hospice at Home carers undertake numerous supportive tasks which allow patients to live their remaining days in the comfort, safety and familiarity of their own home, when they may otherwise be admitted to hospital.
Approximately 700 families annually receive this home-based care from Dorothy House, with over 20,000 hours of care provided.
Anna Roberston, from the hospice, said: “We can’t thank Persimmon Homes enough for their generosity, the whole team is over the moon!
“This £1,000 donation will pay for 50 hours of Hospice at Home care, making a world of difference to numerous local people.
“Our specialist teams give families much-needed time to rest and offer psychological, social, spiritual and practical support at the time of their loved one’s death.”
Faced with the ongoing economic impact of the pandemic, the challenge to raise the necessary funds has undoubtedly become harder than ever over the last 18 months.
Anna added: “Each year we must raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to enable this service to continue, and we undertake a wide variety of activities to do so, including local events, direct appeals as well as applications to companies and charitable trusts.
“All of the care we provide is free of charge so if we don’t raise enough money then it puts us in a very difficult position.
“Last year was particularly challenging so this funding from Persimmon couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Pauline Fletcher, sales director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “Dorothy House Hospice Care is a very deserving winner of our Community Champions initiative this month.
“The work they do is truly inspirational and we’re extremely proud to be able to support them with an additional £1,000.
“We hope this means that more local people living with a life-limiting illness get the care and support they and their families need to make the most of the time they have together.