The chance to win a house for a children’s charity

A CHARITY that supports children with life limiting conditions throughout Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield is calling for public support to help secure a house worth up to £250,000.

The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, based at Brackenhall near Brighouse, has been announced as one of the 24 finalists in a national house builder’s charity competition and will be representing Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire.

Persimmon Homes launched the national competition to celebrate its 40th anniversary and the charity is asking the general public to get behind them and cast their vote to have the chance to win a brand new house.

Fund-raising manager at the hospice Kate Goldring, said: “We were stunned and delighted to become a finalist and really hope that people across West Yorkshire can help us to win the competition.

“The families we care for are ordinary people dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

“All of the children we help will have conditions which will, sadly, significantly shorten their lives. However, we may support children and their families for many years, possibly until the child is a teenager or even a young adult.

“We already support over 50 families in their own homes and are getting ready to open our new children’s hospice, Russell House, which will extend our services.

“Winning this competition would provide a lifeline of sustainable funding to allow us to further increase our services as there are 700 plus families in our area who may need us.”

The hospice was selected ahead of 43 other charities to be the representative for Persimmon Homes and will now go forward to compete against the house builder’s 23 other shortlisted regional charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

The winner will be announced at a special birthday luncheon at the Kensington Roof Gardens on Thursday, September 27.

As a finalist Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will receive a cash donation of £6,000 or if chosen as the overall winner, will win a brand new three bedroom detached house with garage valued at £250,000.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “In total Persimmon Homes received over 3,500 nominations for the competition.

“We are delighted to have Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice representing our region and really hope that the public will get behind them.”

To vote for the hospice visit www.persimmonhomes.com/40