A Black Country-based charity that supports people who have suffered a bereavement has received a £1,000 donation from a leading regional builder.
Persimmon Homes West Midlands handed over the cheque after Wolverhampton & Dudley Area Cruse Bereavement Care was selected as one of the housebuilder’s monthly Community Champions.
The charity helps people through their grief and to come to terms with their loss. The money will go towards training more volunteers for the organisation.
In total, £24,000 will be donated by Persimmon Homes’ West Midlands region by March 2016. It will be a slice of £750,000 that is being given away by the company nationally.
Mildred Weir, spokeswoman for Wolverhampton & Dudley Area Cruse Bereavement Care, said: “Our services are free to all people but we rely on fundraising to operate. We help people to overcome their grief and to move forward with their lives without a loved one.
“There is a high demand for our services and we need to train another 14 volunteers at a cost of £250 each. The donation from Persimmon Homes is greatly received and it takes us closer to our fundraising target.”
Stephen Cleveley, sales director for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “Wolverhampton & Dudley Area Cruse Bereavement Care offers a vital and sensitive service to the people of the Black Country.
“It requires skilled volunteers to work with grieving people and we wanted to support the charity in any way that we can so it can continue with its efforts in the community.”
Mr Cleveley urged other charities to apply for the Community Champions initiative, he added: “Persimmon Homes West Midlands has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a difficult choice from so many worthy causes
“If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”
To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity