Donation helps family adapt home

A regional housebuilder has donated £1,000 to a 10-year-old girl from a Hampshire village near Eastleigh to help her family adapt their home to make it more accessible. Annabelle Brabham’s family applied to Persimmon Homes South Coast to become one of its Community Champions. Each month, under the match-funded scheme, the housebuilder donates up to £2,000 to help two community groups or people within the region. Annabelle’s mother Sandra said:
‘We cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for its support. Annabelle has cerebral palsy which affects her walking, talking and ability to feed herself. ‘We approached Tree of Hope to help us raise the money to adapt our home to make it more accessible for Annabelle. We have received a grant of £30,000 from Winchester City Council, but this will not cover all the costs. Therefore, we are busy fundraising – my friend, Sharon Blyth, and I have already run the Winchester half marathon raising £1,000.’
Work on the house, in Otterbourne, will include a downstairs bedroom and wet room, together with making the downstairs more accessible, such as opening up doorways. Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, said:
‘It’s clear that the support Annabelle receives from her family is truly wonderful, and we are delighted that we can help in this way. ‘If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again this year and hopefully they will become our next recipient.’