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Persimmon Homes in fundraising drive to help local veterans

20 November 2013

Persimmon Homes North Midlands is hoping kind-hearted residents in Nottinghamshire will get behind a fundraising weekend to help local veterans who have fallen on hard times.

Persimmon Homes is working in conjunction with Forces in the Community to collect donated items to support disadvantaged ex-servicemen and women in the county, some of whom are homeless.

On Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, they will be collecting donations at three of their developments. The marketing suites at Jasmine Gardens, in Newstead Road, Annesley; Millhouse Gardens, in Mill Lane, Huthwaite, and Persimmon Gardens, in Lindleys Lane, Kirby-in-Ashfield, will all be open from 11am until 5pm on both days.

Sherrie Hankin, head of sales at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “We really want to help support our local heroes. We aim to collect as many items as possible which will then be distributed to those in need of food and personal hygiene help. We cannot thank people enough for their support.”

The fundraising drive is particularly looking for donations of milk (UHT or powdered), sugar, soup, tinned sponge pudding, tinned tomatoes, cereals, tinned rice pudding, tea bags and instant coffee, instant mash potato, tinned fruit, tinned meat or fish, jam, biscuits, snack bars, pasta and pasta sauces, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shower gel, shaving gel, disposable razors, wet wipes and clothes, new or old.

Local businesses and shops have already got behind the scheme including Tesco, which has put together food parcels, Boyes, in Arnold, which has donated a £10 voucher, Boots in Arnold, Morrisons supermarket in Bulwell and JFT Warehouse.

Sherrie added: “It is fantastic how people are rallying round to support our local veterans. We really hope to make a difference, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

“House buyers on our developments have already gathered sacks of clothing which they have bagged up ready to drop off at the weekend at our marketing suites while Persimmon site workers and staff have also been donating items, including Paul Smith T-Shirts and walking boots.

“We really hope that local people will get behind this fundraising appeal and donate anything they can spare. We also want to thank everyone for their support so far and for helping to improve the lives of local veterans.”

Persimmon Homes already supports servicemen and women by offering a dedicated free service to help them buy their dream home. So far this year they have helped over 100 of Britain's Armed Forces and MoD (Ministry of Defence) personnel move into a new home.

Sherrie added: “Our service, through a third-party agent specialising in this field, will assist people throughout the home-buying process. It helps to overcome the common issues often faced by military personnel such as: obtaining a mortgage whilst based overseas or serving on a BFPO address; helping with advice on using LSAP (Long Service Advance of Pay); helping with key worker applications for Government funding and providing access to solicitors who are familiar with overseas-based clients and have proven expertise in the use of Power of Attorney.”

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