Charity receives £6,000 in house-builder competition
A South West charity has received a fundraising boost of £6,000 in a national competition to win a brand new home.
The Rainbow Centre for Children, which provides free and professional therapeutic support to bereaved families, finished as one of the 23 runners-up in the competition, run by developer Persimmon Homes.
The donation will be used to put two families through therapy for the whole year.
The charity entered the competition to celebrate Persimmon's 40th anniversary in July this year and has since been calling for public support to help them win the top prize, worth £250,000.
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The winner was announced at a birthday dinner hosted by Persimmon Homes in London, where the finalists received their prize money for finishing as runners-up.
Angela Emms, centre director for The Rainbow Centre for Children, said: "We're very proud to have reached this stage of the competition and would like to thank everyone for their support.
"The £6,000 will make such a difference to our fundraising efforts that will help children and their families affected by life-threatening illness and bereavement."
Carl Haley, managing director for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: "Persimmon's 40th birthday competition had more than 3,000 entries nationwide and we would like to thank everyone who took part.
"The Rainbow Centre for Children is an amazing charity and it's been a pleasure to help raise awareness for the work that they do in our local community."
Persimmon Homes has four sites in the county including Cooper's Edge in Brockworth; The Marketplace, off St Oswalds Road in Gloucester; Manor Park in Quedgeley and The Mallards in Berkeley.