Wiltshire builder raises thousands for children’s charity

A children’s charity is set to receive a welcome fundraising boost thanks to the efforts of a leading Wiltshire builder.

Malmesbury-based Persimmon Homes Wessex chose Rainbow Trust as its charity of the year and has raised over £18,000 throughout 2014.

The money was raised through various fundraising activities including car washes, cake sales and a glittering charity ball at The Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel.

Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Each family has a dedicated Family Support Worker who is with them from diagnosis to cure or end-of-life care and bereavement, for as long as needed.

Emma Smith, Rainbow Trust’s Head of Fundraising, said:

“We can’t thank Persimmon Homes enough for its fundraising efforts. We rely on fundraising for almost all of our income, so donations like this are essential to enable us to continue providing vital support to families with a seriously ill child. Our Family Support Workers work with around 150 families in the Wiltshire area and this support will make a real difference to their lives.”

Steve Roche, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said:

“We couldn’t be happier with the amount raised and thank everyone for their support. All monies raised will go direct to Rainbow Trust to enable them to continue their fantastic work supporting terminally ill children and their families.”