Leeds property news: Persimmon bids to fund children’s hospice nurse for a year

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A West Yorkshire housebuilder is on track to raise £20,000 to fund a nurse for a year at a children’s hospice, after hosting a charity football tournament.

Five employees from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire organised the football tournament for its contractors and suppliers, and raised £1,291 towards the housebuilder’s target.

In May, Persimmon Homes launched its fundraising campaign to sponsor a nurse at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

The company has since raised £5,741 from bake sales, dress-down days, bacon butty mornings, sweets sales at its developments and, most recently, the football tournament.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire said he was delighted with his team’s early success and commitment to the cause.

“I am overwhelmed with how my team has embraced the challenge. We are just three months into our fundraising quest and we are already on track to exceed our target.

“The hospice provides such a valuable and supportive service in the areas we build and we have gained a greater understanding of the funds they require to maintain their service.”

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports more than 150 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

The charity has to raise £3.8m each year to maintain its services as it receives just six per cent funding from the Government.

The nurses, who are referred to as care co-ordinators by the hospice, provide an invaluable service for both the children and their families who are going through an immensely difficult time.

A fully-qualified nurse can visit up to 30 families a week, working alongside other professionals and agencies to offer bespoke care to suit the needs of the child and their family.

Emma Kovaleski Head of Corporate Fundraising for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, said: “We are truly delighted with Persimmon’s support. So many of their employees have enlisted on one of our fundraising events and others have just created their own all in a bid to hit their target. This is the first time a business has taken on a challenge to sponsor a nurse for a year. We feel confident they will smash their goal and are very grateful for their efforts.”

According to the charity’s website: “[The] charity began more than 13 years ago as a result of the challenges faced by local mum whose son Russell needed full time care. So far we have supported more than 100 children and their families through our hospice at home service and at our state of the art hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield.”

For further information on Persimmon Homes visit www.persimmonhomes.com.