Caerphilly and Llantrisant groups celebrate funding boost

Written by on 18th September 2020

A deafblind charity in Caerphilly and a Llantrisant-based charity which assists the NHS are celebrating after receiving generous donations.

Sense and the Royal Voluntary Service (East Wales) have bagged £1,000 each from Persimmon Homes East Wales as part of the housebuilder’s Community Champions programme.

Sense, based at Caerphilly Business Park, helps deafblind people communicate and experience the world. The group is currently fundraising to create an inclusive technology suite for its service users with complex needs to be able to partake in activities with their peers.

The charity will use the windfall to buy a specialist tilt and touch LED interactive screen.

Jon Stubbs, of the charity, said: “This technology will enable individuals to communicate through touch and sight, to play interactive and educational games and it will enable our service users to create art projects and to choose the activities they want to partake in.

“We are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes for their support. It means the world.”

The Royal Voluntary Service, meanwhile, works alongside the NHS to free up staff to dedicate more time to patient care and within communities to give practical help and support to people as they age.

The charity responded to Covid-19 by providing companionship calls, welfare checks, grocery and prescription deliveries and emergency food packs to support those in need to feel connected, supported and more able to cope.

Stacey Smalley, of the charity, said: “We must continue to step up through the crisis and this money will help us continue our crucial work.

“It’s great to have the backing of a major business such as Persimmon.”

Persimmon Homes East Wales gives away up to £1,000 each to two groups every month.

Victoria Williams, sales director at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has left vulnerable people in the community feeling isolated and confused.

“It is heart-warming that there are these groups working hard to improve people’s lives. We’re pleased to be able to help where we can.”

Persimmon is currently selling stunning new-build homes in both across South Wales, including at The Parish @ Llanilltern Village in Creigiau, where homes start at £181,995.

To arrange an appointment, call 02920 104 073 or visit

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