Charities could win a £250,000 house

NILABE101126f1, Open day at Ilkeston YMCA, Coronation street Ilkeston. Linda fern, John Flint, Hazel Lloyd and Caron Ellis.
NILABE101126f1, Open day at Ilkeston YMCA, Coronation street Ilkeston. Linda fern, John Flint, Hazel Lloyd and Caron Ellis.
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Two charities are in the running to win a brand new house worth £250,000 after being nominated in a national competition.

Treetops Hospice in Risley and YMCA Derbyshire, which has a headquarters in Ilkeston, are going head-to-head with a Leicester charity in a bid to win a prize of £6,000 and go forward to the next round.

The competition was organised by housing developer Persimmon Homes, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

It has offered one of its homes as the grand prize in the national competition.

A spokesman for the firm said they had sifted through ‘scores’ of suggestions to finally settle on the final three.

Managing director of the north midlands branch Paul Hurst said: “It was a difficult decision to select the three charities that we deemed to be most deserving of this funding.

“We hope that everyone gets behind our chosen charity when the regional winner is announced.

“But in the meantime we would like to hail the fabulous work that these three charities do to improve the lives of individuals and families within our community.”

Whichever charity wins will go up against 23 other charities chosen by Persimmon’s regional branches.

Treetops Hospice provides respite and palliative care for adults with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.

It also provides help and support to their carers and families.

YMCA Derbyshire is based at Rosscarberry House in Coronation Street, Ilkeston.

The Christian charity which helps young people in times of need, also has bases in Derby and Chesterfield.

The shortlisted charities will findo ut if they have been successful on Thursday when they will be announced on Persimmon’s website.