WIRRAL Hospice St John's will be able to buy more protective equipment to keep staff safe after a housebuilding firm's £1,000 donation.

The charity received the funding through Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme, which offers two donations each month to charities and good causes by where the company builds.

The hospice, which provides specialist care and support for people with a range of life-limiting conditions, will use the grant to purchase more PPE, ensuring the safety of their staff.

Julia Evans, fundraising development manager at Wirral Hospice St Johns, said: "We are very grateful for the donation from Persimmon Homes, and the money will go to great use.

"Fundraising has been extremely difficult for us over lockdowns as we have been forced to close charity shops and cancel events, changing the way in which we raise money.

"This donation will help us until we are able to start properly fundraising again – so, thank you Persimmon Homes.”

Dave Hodgson, sales director at Persimmon Homes North West, said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for so many and we are delighted to be able to give back to local organisations which have worked hard throughout these unprecedented times.

"Our Community Champions scheme was set up to support great causes and voluntary groups across the region, providing two donations of up to £1,000 every month.

"We are encouraging more local organisations, in need of funding, to apply via our online form on Persimmon Homes’ website."

For more information, visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/charity