Leicestershire homebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have come together to make a contribution of £400 to Glen Parva-based Community Wishes.
Community Wishes was established in December 2020 with a noble mission: to grant wishes to individuals facing financial hardship, illness, or disability, regardless of age.
Over the past few years, this voluntary organisation has worked tirelessly to bring joy to those in need, and has fulfilled around 230 wishes for deserving individuals and families.
The contribution of £400 from the developers – which are building new homes close to the charity at Wigston Meadows – will directly contribute towards making the wishes of more individuals and families come true.
Denise Simms, Trustee at Community Wishes, said: “All involved in Community Wishes do so on a voluntary basis. We pay our own expenses and are totally reliant on donations and fundraising.
“As a charity, we have been heavily involved in helping struggling families. As our website states, we will look at every request that comes to us. If it checks out, we will and do help.
“On a personal level it's very fulfilling to know that we make a difference. That somewhere a child is smiling. That somewhere a family, albeit for a little while, can be stress free because of what we do.
“We couldn't do any of it without donations, large and small. On behalf of the trustees at Community Wishes, many thanks to Barratt and David Wilson Homes for helping us achieve our aims.”
This year, Community Wishes has embarked on an ambitious journey to raise £50,000 for a new holiday home caravan in Skegness.
The caravan will offer families who have never had the opportunity to experience the seaside a chance to create lasting memories together. Many families struggle with the financial burden of a holiday, and this initiative aims to provide them with the well-deserved vacation they have longed for.
The charity also has an ongoing Christmas presents and food hamper drive. Last year, it helped over 200 families and women refugees enjoy a Christmas they otherwise wouldn't have.
Rachael Harrison, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We are honoured to donate towards this incredible project, providing families with the opportunity to live out their dreams, and for some to experience the seaside for the first time.
“We aim to support fantastic local charities, such as Community Wishes, in any way that we can, and this initiative embodies the spirit of community and compassion that we hold dear.”
Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We are proud to support Community Wishes in its admirable mission, and it’s heart-warming to see the local community come together to make a real difference in the lives of those facing adversity.
“We hope this initiative brings joy and cherished memories to the families it serves.”
For more information on how to support the charity, visit the website at Community Wishes.