Building firm donates cash to Biggleswade cancer group


A group which supports cancer sufferers across the county has been given £1,000 by a building firm.

Persimmon Homes East Midlands has handed over the cash to the

Biggleswade Cancer Support Group has been given the donation as part of its Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 being donated to support local groups and charities over the next 12 months, by Persimmon Homes East Midlands.

Everyone who attends the support group either has cancer or has a family member with cancer and there are currently about 20 members.

Members talk to each other about their experiences, and there are also sessions in things like keeping active and applying make-up during chemotherapy.

Amanda Cawthorn, of Biggleswade Cancer Support Group, said: “We are delighted that Persimmon Homes East Midlands have chosen to support our group.

“Our members find that they gain great strength from talking to each other. This generous donation will allow us to secure the hire of our room for a year.”

Cheryl Bissett, from Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works.

She said: “We are very proud to hand over this donation to Biggleswade Cancer Support Group, an extremely worthy cause.

“Almost everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. It’s vital that groups like this exist so people can support each other and talk through concerns.”

The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.

Cheryl said: “We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding, and we’re urging groups and charities to apply for next month’s donation by completing an online form at”

Persimmon East Midlands has developments across Bedfordshire including homes at Heritage Gardens, Planets Way, Biggleswade.

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