Finchley charity that helps grant the wishes of seriously ill young people receives backing from housebuilder


A Finchley based charity that helps brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families has been backed with a grand donation from a North London housebuilder.

A £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes North London to Rays of Sunshine children’s charity meant that 15-year-old Tom could live out his dream of meeting the England Rugby team.

The cause is one of the first regional champions of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures programme, being run in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

Tom is currently living with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia after being diagnosed in 2015. Due to his condition, Tom must frequently be monitored at hospital.

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, said: “Thanks to the £1,000 funding from Persimmon Homes North London, Rays of Sunshine was able to grant Tom’s greatest wish to have the ultimate VIP experience to watch the England Rugby’s training session and then meet the team.

“Tom told us ‘it was probably the best day of my life’, so we can’t be more thankful to Persimmon Homes North London for their generous support.

“As a charity we receive no government funding so campaigns such as Building Futures are integral in enabling us to continue our work brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the UK.”

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “We are thrilled to be able to hand over this funding to Rays of Sunshine, who play such a valuable part in the communities in which we operate.

“It has been fantastic to hear all about Tom’s dream day out with the England rugby team. Our new Building Futures campaign will give opportunities to so many youngsters in the community.”

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