Building on charity’s work with donation

John Eynon, deputy managing director for Persimmon Homes North East. Lynn Lucas and Lynn Lucas from The Chris Lucas Trust and Debbie Zaben, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes North East.
John Eynon, deputy managing director for Persimmon Homes North East. Lynn Lucas and Lynn Lucas from The Chris Lucas Trust and Debbie Zaben, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes North East.

A cancer charity has received a cash boost thanks to a national building company.

Wallsend-based The Chris Lucas Trust has received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes North East for new office equipment and stationery.

Our aim has always been to find a cure for this disease

Lynn Lucas

The charity was set up following the death of Chris Lucas, 18, from Hadrian Park, in 2000, having being diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Chris’s mum, Lynn, said: “Our aim has always been to find a cure for this disease. We don’t know if that will happen, but we are doing our best to fundraise as much as possible to help towards research.”

John Eynon, deputy managing director for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “We are confident this funding will make a huge difference to The Chris Lucas Trust.”

The donation comes as part of the housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme, which will see a pot of £24,000 given out to local good causes over the next 12 months throughout the region.

John added: “The quality of the submissions we received were very high, so choosing the good causes to support was much harder than we expected.

“We now want to hear from more groups and charities as we look to allocate more funding over the next month.

“All we ask is that the group or charity has already worked hard to raise money themselves, and we will then match this effort with funding of up to £1,000.”

To apply for funding, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity