Children’s hospice named as Persimmon’s charity of the year

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 March 2018

Staff from Persimmon preparing for a year of challenges in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

Staff from Persimmon preparing for a year of challenges in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

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Charitable staff from a house building firm are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for a Wraxall charity by taking on a variety of sporting challenges.

A regional building firm has named Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its charity of the year.

Staff from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, which is based in Portishead, have signed up for skydives, bike rides and runs in aid of the charity, which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Steve Roche, managing director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We have chosen to support Children’s Hospice South West as it’s a charity, sadly, that is close to many of my team’s hearts.

“We feel it is an incredibly worthwhile charity and the support they give to children and their families at such a difficult time is invaluable.

“We have already started raising funds through our regular dress down days.

“My team have committed to umpteen cycling and running challenges, both in the UK and abroad, as well as skydives, and this makes me very proud of them.”

Some of the challenges staff from Persimmon will tackle include the 5km Pizza Run, Tour de Gwent, the Bristol 10km, the London to Paris bike ride and Wales in a Day cycling challenge.

Staff will take on different challenges throughout the year including international marathons, bike rides and skydives.

The colleagues have already clocked up more than £4,400 but they are hoping to raise as much as they can for the cause.

CHSW provides respite care, short breaks, emergency, palliative and end-of-life care.

It also offers sibling support and a bereavement service for children and families across the South West.

Amanda Gallagher, CHSW’s corporate partnerships fundraiser, said: “We rely on fundraising for almost all of our income, so backing from companies like Persimmon is essential in enabling us to continue our work.

“We care for around 500 families across the South West so this support will make a real difference to their lives.”

To make a donation to the team’s fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/severn-valley-runners-and-riders

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