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Housebuilder’s cash boost for Southampton cancer support centre

A Southampton cancer support centre which is due to open in 2020 has received a donation from a regional housebuilder to help bring its opening one step closer.

Maggie’s Southampton has received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes South Coast through its Community Champions project. Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals through the match funded scheme.

Maggie’s aims to open a centre in the grounds of Southampton General Hospital. It will offer a free programme of social, psychological and practical support for people suffering with cancer and their loved ones.

Gemma McKnight, who applied for the funding on behalf of Maggie’s Southampton, said: “The centre will offer a calm and welcoming environment for cancer sufferers and their loved ones.

“It will be a place where people can reflect and re-charge at all stages of their cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment, through to remission and bereavement.

“The centre will give the chance for people affected by cancer to take part in gentle exercise classes, art and relaxation sessions or simply relax with a cup of tea and a book.

“We are thankful to Persimmon Homes South Coast for the funding. The money will go towards our fundraising campaign which aims to raise £5million.”

Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic cause. Maggie’s Southampton centre will clearly provide an invaluable service to people at a very difficult time in their lives.

“If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit

Concept image of the entrance to the new centre.

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