Housebuilder’s grand donation in support of isolated older people

A Northumberland charity promoting companionship and wellbeing for older people has received a cash injection from a housebuilder in the region.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 11:04 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 12:23 pm

Age UK Northumberland, based in Ashington, has been handed £1,000 from Persimmon Homes North East’s Community Champions fund.

The grant will go towards providing gifts and transport to Christmas lunches for lonely and socially isolated people with limited access to social activities within their communities.

Angela Clough, community engagement officer, said: “Our loneliness campaign ‘Everybody should have Somebody’ runs all year round, and this generous funding will help make the day extra special for our Christmas lunch guests, truly a day to remember.

“We will be providing our guests with wrapped gifts to take home and offering transport to ensure they can get to the venue safely. By hosting these lunches we hope to help reduce loneliness, even if it is just for one day.”

The housebuilder’s national match-funding programme Community Champions seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life for local people.

Debbie Zaben, sales and marketing director at Persimmon Homes North East, said: “This charity has a large impact on the lives of its clients and their families and we’re thrilled to hand over £1,000 funding to Age UK Northumberland, especially as it will be put to such good use ahead of Christmas.

Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at