£1,000 Boost For Charity That Supports The Elderly

A charity that supports older people in the community, at home and in the NHS has received £1,000 from a regional housebuilder.

Birmingham & Coventry Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) was awarded the donation by Persimmon Homes Central through its Community Champions scheme.

Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals. In April, all funds were diverted to support charities and organisations working with the Over-70s as the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the country. But from September 1, the scheme will once again be open to all community groups.

Stacey Smalley, from the RVS, said: “Our services ensure older people do not have to live with isolation and loneliness by providing emotional and practical support.

“These range from local lunch and social groups to on-ward hospital trolley services, all ensuring that older people are able to live healthier and happier lives.

“Across Birmingham and Coventry we deliver more than 30 services in the local community, including our shops and cafés in all the hospitals in Birmingham. The arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic saw us launch an urgent appeal to ensure that our services could continue during and long after the Government lockdown, and that we can adapt these services so they are in line with social distancing measures.

Thank you so much Persimmon Homes, this grant is amazing – the money will make a huge difference to our local services in Birmingham & Coventry.”

Sarah Preston, Sales Director Designate for Persimmon Homes Central, said: “Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our Community Champions scheme has targeted 10 different organisations that support and help the over-70s.

“As we return to a new normal it is time to once again open up the scheme to all parts of our community, so we look forward to receiving nominations from anyone of any age who is doing good work that makes a difference to their community.”

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity or organisation, visit https://www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions.

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