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Special needs charity gets welcome boost from Community Champions

23 November 2021

A local charity supporting families with children who have special educational needs has received a cash boost thanks to a donation from Persimmon.

Persimmon Homes North Midlands has awarded Steps Conductive Education Centre a £1,000 grant as they continue to help local groups and charities in the area.

Persimmon donates up to £64,000 a month to fund initiatives as part of the highly successful Community Champions scheme.

The charity offers a free and unique service following the principles of Conductive Education for children with conditions that cause motor impairments or motor development delays.

Steps works with young children with Cerebral Palsy, chromosome disorders including Down Syndrome or other conditions which affect the acquisition of motor skills.

Trish Mabbott, fundraiser and operations manager at the charity, said: “Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to Persimmon Homes for choosing us to receive this generous donation. We would like to take the children to some local Christmas events and have small group parties where they can see Santa and enjoy being with their friends.

“The last eighteen months has been hard on our families so we feel this would really benefit their well-being. Many of our children have life-limiting conditions and we aim to make every day memorable which is why we’re looking to fund some events and days out where the whole family can spend time together making memories.

“Our goal is to develop the skills the children need to progress and maximize their potential but at the same time, provide parents with the knowledge, confidence and strength they need to understand how they can help their child.

“Our children start with us from a few weeks old until they reach school age, and we then offer a gym club for older children to access after school where they can still meet their friends and learn new skills.

“We rely totally on fundraising events and grants to run our project. We’ve been severely impacted by the pandemic in the last twelve months so this funding from Persimmon couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Nadine O'Dowd, sales director at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re so pleased to be supporting Steps Conductive Education Centre with our Community Champions donation.

“The team offers vital support to hundreds of families in the local area, working with children to help them learn and grow.

“It’s so inspirational to hear stories about how they’ve helped families during the difficult early years of a child's diagnosis and hopefully this additional money will help with their plans this Christmas.”

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