Family room at hospital receives £8,500 donation

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A fund to create a family room in the children’s ward at Northampton General Hospital has been boosted to the tune of £8,500.

Staff at Persimmon Homes, in Waterside Way, Northampton, raised the money through a series of events in aid of the Hannah Payne Memorial Trust.

The trust was set up in memory of Hannah, of Mears Ashby, who died in a car accident in January 2006, aged 17.

Deputy managing director, Judith Potter, said: “Our team chose the trust as the company’s nominated charity of the year because we were so impressed and moved by the work they do to support the families of sick children.

“One of the main challenges undertaken was a 120-mile sponsored bike ride around Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire completed by our site manager, Andy Gordon, and his lifelong friend, Andy Chubb, which raised £7,867. We also made a cash collection and raffled a hamper.”

The charity provides comfortable, well-equipped areas in hospitals for the family and friends of patients.

Julian Payne, chairman of the trust, said: “We cannot thank Judith and her team at Persimmon Homes enough for all their efforts. Working with Persimmon during 2013 has given the charity a massive boost. Half of the money raised has been allocated to our new family room in the Paddington children’s ward which is being built this summer.

“The other half is being used for our Hannah’s Help Appeal, which funds days out for children that are registered carers within Northamptonshire. The donation allows us to double the number of days out we can offer this year, from 250 days to 500.”