We're celebrating £480,000 charity donation!
18 March 2013
Persimmon Homes has announced that in 2012 the group donated £480,000 to charities across the UK.The business, which includes brands Persimmon Homes, Charles Church, Westbury Partnerships and Hillreed Homes, donated to over 50 different charities in 2012.
Persimmon Homes celebrated its 40th birthday last year and as part of the celebrations, we gave away a £250,000 house in a national competition run for charities. The winner of the house was The Harley Staples Cancer Trust. Persimmon sold the house on behalf of the charity to fund its work in building a holiday home for young cancer sufferers.
Mike Farley, who retires from the business in April this year, said that 2012 had been one of his most memorable at the company. “I’m extremely proud of what my team achieved in 2012, both from a business perspective, but more so their charitable work, which I know first-hand, is making a huge difference to many lives.
“Alongside the £250,000 donation, Persimmon’s 24 regional businesses all donated £6,000 to the 23 runners up in the competition, so we were able to help charities and in turn local communities across England, Wales and Scotland. This money was in addition to the thousands raised locally by our employees for other charities during the year.”
Katherine and Jamie Staples set up The Harley Staples Cancer Trust following the death of their son Harley in November 2009. He died from a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia at the age of eight.
Jamie Staples said: “The money was a game changer for our charity. We now have enough money to build our dream holiday home for children and their families battling serious illness.”
Charles Church also worked hard throughout the year for its nominated 2012 charity, Dreams Come True. The company raised £33,750 for the charity which makes the dreams of terminally ill and seriously ill children a reality. The money raised in 2012 helped 20 children fulfill their dreams. These included a trip to Disneyland in Florida and a gaming computer for a child who spends time in and out of hospital.
Hillreed Homes, which Persimmon acquired in 2012, raised £5,000 during the year for its nominated charity, chYps, which enables children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to receive clinical care and support in their place of choice, which is overwhelmingly their own home.