Doncaster charity that tackles hygiene poverty scoops 'grand' donation

A charity that aims to tackle hygiene poverty has received a £1,000 donation to benefit the Doncaster community.

The Hygiene Bank Doncaster received the funds from Persimmon Homes South Yorkshire, as part of its long running Community Champions scheme.

The nationwide charity is a community initiative that provides free hygiene, personal care and household cleaning products to the most vulnerable individuals in communities and will use the funds to purchase much needed items for local people.

Serena van der Meulen, for The Hygiene Bank Doncaster, said: “This funding from Persimmon Homes is wonderful news. Our donations are normally received from manufacturers and members of the public. The current crisis has had a dramatic effect on public donations, yet we have seen a huge increase in demand for our support.”

The Hygiene Bank received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes

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“Prior to the first lockdown, we were supporting around 16 community partners such as foodbanks, schools and domestic violence hostels. This has now grown to 45 who in the first three months of this year have provided our donations to 10,656 recipients.

“It is an ongoing challenge to maintain our stocks levels, so it is a relief to have Persimmon Homes’ funds to help us purchase essential items.”

Each of the Persimmon Homes 31 regional business, plus Persimmon Plc, makes two donations of up to £1,000 every month to grassroots groups and charities.

Richard Hosie, managing director of Persimmon Homes South Yorkshire, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support such an essential and worthwhile charity and thank them for applying.”

Applications for the Persimmon Homes Community Champions or Building Futures schemes can be made at

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