Chorley charity needs your votes for share of £1million cash prize

Derian House Children’s Hospice is appealing for the support of the public after reaching the final to win a share of a house builder’s £1million charity prize.

Persimmon Homes is giving away the cash to under 18s from across the country in its Building Futures charity programme.

Having been shortlisted in the national programme, Derian House has secured at least £5,000. But it is down to the public vote who bags the top prizes of £100,000, £50,000 and £20,000.

Kevin Bedford, Income Generation Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, appealed to everyone to vote Derian.

He said: “It’s a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need our supporters to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest position possible to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.

“We’re very lucky at Derian to have incredibly loyal supporters, and we know that they will back us like they always do.”

Derian House looks after 400 children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the North West. It offers respite and end-of-life care in an environment of fun, respect and outstanding care.

Care is free to the families who use the service, but costs £4.8million every year. Yet only 7 per cent of this money comes from the government, with the charity relying on the generosity of its supporters for 93p in every £1.

To vote for Derian House, visit https://tinyurl.com/yy5wap25 and select Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation. Through the scheme, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education and arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office.

Online voting opened on 27 July and will close at midnight on 18 September 2020.