Children’s hospice boosted by housebuilder

A Huddersfield charity which supports children with life limiting conditions is set to have its funds boosted by a house-building company.

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire has selected Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as the company’s nominated charity for 2013.

Throughout the year, Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire will help raise vital funds for the cause through various fundraising activities. 

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice was launched 12 years ago by a mother whose son required hospice care. In October 2012 a hospice-at-home service was launched to support children and families.

Speaking of the nomination, Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire’s managing director, Wayne Gradwell, said: “We were delighted that Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice represented our region as a finalist in the Persimmon Homes national competition to win a £250,000 home last year. The charity scooped a £6,000 runners up prize and we wanted to continue our relationship with them and show our support for the crucial work they do.”

The charity has now opened the doors to its brand new purpose-built children’s hospice in Huddersfield, called Russell House, which will welcome children from across the West Yorkshire region.

Speaking of the support, fundraising manager for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Kate Goldring, said: “We are delighted with the generosity and on-going support shown by the employees of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire.

“When we took part in the competition last year we were overwhelmed by the level of support we received from local people, businesses, clubs and groups. It enabled us to raise our profile which we feel will certainly benefit us in the long run.

“The families we care for are ordinary people dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances. All of the children we help will have conditions which will, sadly, significantly shorten their lives. However, we may support children and their families for many years, possibly until the child is a teenager or even a young adult.

Wayne added: “Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is an excellent cause and one we are extremely proud to be associated with.”