Charity’s £10,000 party payday

A charity that cares for seriously ill children has received more than £10,000 raised by a regional housebuilder.

Persimmon Homes South Coast made the donation to Naomi House and Jacksplace, two specialist units offering care and support to young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and their families.

The money was raised by staff and suppliers of the Fareham-based company at a charity autumn barbecue held at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, said:

“Naomi House and Jacksplace has been this business’ nominated charity for a number of years now and it is our huge honour to support the work done by such an amazing organisation.

“The hospices provide expert care to more than 280 children, young people and their extended families across the region where we are building new homes, so we are proud to do what we can to help this much-loved local cause.”

The Persimmon Homes party included entertainment from Bubsie and the Beat Brothers, as well as a fundraising raffle and auction hosted by commercial director Joe Lindsay, with the star lot being tickets to the President’s Lounge at St Mary’s for the Southampton v Chelsea match.

Other prizes ranged from a spa day and overnight stay at Chewton Glen, a night at the Shangri-la hotel at The Shard in London, and Apple iPad and a Macbook Air.

Matt added:

“This year’s event raised £10,250, taking the total our staff and friends have donated over the past few years to well over £33,000.”

The Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust, which runs Naomi House and Jacksplace, has to raise £7million a year to run its whole service and deliver its plans. The charity gets only ten per cent of its charitable expenditure from statutory sources, with the rest coming from donations by individuals groups and businesses.

Paul Morgan, head of fundraising for Naomi House, said:

“We are extremely grateful to the team at Persimmon Homes for the continued generosity they show to Naomi House & Jacksplace. The firm’s passion for our cause is clear to see and their support helps us to provide vital support to some of the region’s most poorly children and young adults.

“With our newly refurbished Naomi House now open and the expansion of our community services we are caring for more children and young adults than ever before, and this timely donation from Persimmon Homes will ensure we get 2016 off to a great start.”

Persimmon Homes South Coast builds houses across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.