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Housebuilder supports ‘home away from home’ for cancer patients

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson’s Chiltern colleagues are supporting Young Lives vs Cancer’s ‘Homes from Home’.

The Homes offer free accommodation for families whose children are receiving cancer treatment at nearby hospitals.

The team from Crest Nicholson donated new washing machines earlier this month, including to Paul’s House in London. The donation will ensure families staying at the Homes, or at nearby hospitals, such as University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospitals in London, have access to much-needed laundry facilities and home comforts while their child is going through cancer treatment.

The donation is part of Crest Nicholson’s ongoing charity partnership with Young Lives vs Cancer. The Chiltern office have been undertaking a number of additional fundraising and awareness activities for the organisation, including auctioning off a further eight washing machines to staff and taking part in a charity hike, raising over £13,000 in the last month.

When undergoing cancer treatment, children and young people are often treated in a specialist centre, rather than a local hospital, which could be a long way from home. The money Crest Nicholson has raised will contribute toward help from specialist social workers for children and young people with cancer, and their families, plus travel, logistics and food costs, and ensuring the Homes from Home remain comfortable places to stay.

Charlie Joseph, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson Chiltern, said: “We are incredibly proud to continue to support Young Lives vs Cancer as part of our ongoing partnership. It was great for the team to provide the Homes from Home with the donations, and to visit them to find out more about the impact the charity has on young people and their families at what is an incredibly difficult time in their lives. Our ongoing partnership demonstrates our commitment to the community and desire to deliver more than just homes, but to help provide support for those who need it most.”

Sarah Smith, Partnerships Fundraiser at Young Lives vs Cancer, added: “We’re so grateful to the Chiltern team at Crest Nicholson for the donation of these washing machines and for their continued support through their incredible fundraising for Young Lives vs Cancer. Our Homes from Home are a haven for many families facing cancer, reducing the burden of travel to treatment, and keeping them together when it’s needed most. These new washing machines will help our Homes to continue to meet the needs of families, and the money raised makes such a difference to all the work that we do to support children and young people with cancer.”

Young Lives Vs Cancer helps children and young people, and their families, find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. The charities Homes from Home are located close to hospitals and principal treatment centres where children have treatment, so at a time when families should only have to focus on their child or young person’s treatment, they can stay close to them, keeping families together at a difficult time.

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