Builder’s cash helps fund elderly carers

Catherine, getting ready to deliver ‘Care for Carers’ bouquets to family carers.

A Nottinghamshire charity that supports people with learning disabilities has received £1,000 from a housebuilder to help fund its digital elderly carers programme.

Reach was awarded the funds from Persimmon Homes Nottingham, thanks to its Community Champions scheme which is currently supporting groups that help the over-70s.

Approximately 40 per cent of the charity’s family carers are over 70 and are responsible for a son or daughter with a learning disability. In the absence of the group’s regular activities the carers are having to adapt and learn how to use new digital resources.

Laura Carr from Reach, said: “As our centres in Newark, Mansfield, Southwell and Flower Pod are temporarily closed we have had many of our older family carers saying they feel isolated and exhausted looking after a son or daughter struggling to cope with the current situation.

“Many are finding it difficult to stay connected digitally. Persimmon Homes’ donation will enable us to provide digital technical support and to purchase and distribute supplies for our online activities.”

The Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme is supporting groups that help the over-70s for the foreseeable future, with two donations of up to £1,000 available every month in the region.

Neil Follows, managing director at Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said: “The current crisis means that charities and community groups need our help more than ever.

“Reach are providing a vital lifeline to the many elderly carers in our region. We are very pleased to support them.”

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity or organisation that supports the over-70s, visit

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