A BLAENAU Gwent hospice has received a £1,000 grant to provide at-home care for some of its most complex patients.

Hospice of the Valleys has received the cash from housebuilder Persimmon Homes through its Community Champions scheme.

Each and every month Persimmon donates up to £64,000 to good causes across the UK.

Hospice of the Valleys provides vital care and support for people in Blaenau Gwent who have a potentially life limiting illness.

Its specialist team of palliative care nurses looks after patients mainly in their own homes, residential and care settings in the community and its family support team support with the financial and emotional aspect of a patient’s diagnosis.

Julie Williams, business and community fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for this generous donation.

“All the services we deliver are free to our patients and those who matter most to them and in addition to the clinical, financial and emotional support, we offer complementary therapy, helping a patient to cope with their symptoms and anxiety as a result of their illness or treatment

“This £1,000 will pay for us to deliver nine nights of care in a patient’s home, enabling families caring for loved ones to get much needed sleep and respite.

“It costs £5,050 a day to deliver our services so we constantly need to fundraise. Our costs have increased as demand on our services increased during the pandemic.

“Thank you, Persimmon for this generous support in this our 30th Anniversary Year.”

Victoria Williams, sales director at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Hospice of the Valleys and the tremendous work they do.

“This has been an incredibly difficult period for charities such as these, so it’s a privilege to be able to lend a helping hand in this way.”

Persimmon is currently building stunning new homes at its Carn Y Cefn development on Waun-y-Pound Road in Ebbw Vale.

The first homes are due to go on sale at the end of this year and househunters are now able to register an interest to be kept up-to-date with progress.