A Cornwall charity supporting children and young people through bereavement was the recipient of the generous donation.

Penhaligon's Friends has been gifted £1,000 from Persimmon Homes to help fund its specialist care packages and grief postal packs.

Based in Redruth, the charity has 25 years of experience in supporting bereaved children in Cornwall through a small staff team and more than 70 volunteers.

The donation comes as part of Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme, which sees the Launceston-based housebuilder donate up to £2,000 to charities and community groups in the region each and every month.

Julie Parker, CEO of Penhaligon’s Friends, explained: "We have always grown our service to meet local need and over the last year we have developed Grief Postal Packs to send out to children and young people who have experienced a bereavement.

"The bespoke packs contain resources to support emotional wellbeing and help to acknowledge grief reactions.

"They include worry dolls, aromatherapy sleep balms, pens, activity sheets, stress toys, photo frame, and special treats.

"This early help resource has been so helpful that we would like to continue to offer it to children moving forward, but our initial funding source has ended.

Falmouth Packet: An example of what's inside one of the packs.An example of what's inside one of the packs.

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"We are grateful to the team at Persimmon Homes Cornwall for the support."

Jane Cartwright, sales director for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: "We’re pleased to be able to make this donation to the charity.

"It is reassuring that the team at Penhaligon’s Friends are on hand to support children and young people experiencing loss and to help them understand their emotions as well as improve their wellbeing with these packages."

Community Champions was launched in 2015 to support good causes in the areas in which Persimmon Homes builds.

Each month the Launceston-based builder donates up to £2,000 to community groups across the region.

This also happens across Persimmon’s other 31 operating areas, meaning up to £64,000 is dished out every single month – a total of £768,000 a year.

Jane urged more community groups and charities to apply for Community Champions funding by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com/charity

"It is a simple process to apply for the Community Champions funding and I would urge anyone looking for financial support of up to £1,000 for a good cause to apply."