Naomi House & Jacksplace hospice, near Winchester, that supports children and young adults from across southern England has received a donation from a regional housebuilder, Persimmon Homes, to help it create a new sensory garden.
Persimmon Homes South Coast awarded £1,000 to Naomi House & Jacksplace through its Building Futures scheme, which aims to support community groups working with under-18s. Naomi House & Jacksplace, based in Sutton Scotney, supports life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults by offering respite, emergency, end-of-life and post bereavement care to families. Naomi House opened in 1997 to provide much-needed care to children from across southern England. In 2010, Jacksplace opened to extend that care to young adults.
Suzie Simmons, spokesperson for Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
We are here to support families on good days, difficult days and last days and are currently caring for 525 families. We currently have a major project to create a new sensory garden that will link the gardens of Naomi House & Jacksplace. It is being developed to make a fully accessible interactive space that all users of the hospices will benefit from. We are very grateful for the support of Persimmon Homes South Coast as the £1,000 donation will contribute towards one of the sensory elements.
Matt Paine, managing director of Persimmon Homes South Coast, said:
The support that Naomi House & Jacksplace offer to families is invaluable, and we are delighted to be able to help them create a sensory garden that will be of benefit to so many people.
Building Futures will see £1million given away across Britain to regional charities, groups, sports clubs and schools to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.
In addition to hundreds of local donations of £1,000, 96 causes, including Naomi House & Jacksplace, will go on to compete for top prizes of £100,000 through a national online public vote with the overall winners announced in October. You can vote for Naomi House & Jacksplace here https://www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/finalists
Photo: Digital image of how the sensory garden would look like.