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Housebuilder helps Thames Hospice provide bereavement support to children

Added on: 15th May, 2018 by Caroline_9383

Housebuilder helps Thames Hospice provide bereavement support to children

Last Updated:
Tue, 15 May 2018

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A Maidenhead-based housebuilder has donated £1,000 to help a hospice provide bereavement support for children who have lost a parent.

Thames Hospice, based in Windsor, received the donation from Persimmon Homes North London through its monthly Community Champions scheme. The builder chose the group to benefit from its match-funded donation.

The hospice supports people in East Berkshire and South Bucks who are living with a life-limiting illness, and provides expert medical, nursing and therapeutic care to patients and their families.

Spokesman Simon Smith, Head of Patient & Family Support at Thames Hospice said: “We are raising money for our bereavement support work for children of our patients, which includes one-to-one counselling and art/play therapy. Sadly, we are treating an increasing number of people aged 30 to 50, meaning an increase in the number of children attending the hospice with ill parents. We are currently supporting 150 children and we expect that to increase. Persimmon’s support of our work is therefore very much appreciated.”

The money will fund counselling sessions, buy books on bereavement and art and craft materials, which the children can use to make memory boxes. The hospice is also planning a 5km Bubble Rush in September to raise more money.

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “Clearly Thames Hospice provides an invaluable service to its patients and their families and we are delighted to be able to support them in this way.

“If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again this year and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity

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