SKANDA Vale hospice has been handed a cash lifeline from a local housebuilder.

The hospice, at Saron, near Llandysul, has secured £1,000 from Persimmon Homes West Wales through the builder’s successful Community Champions programme. Each month the Penllergaer-based housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals.

A group which helps isolated, older people in Neath has also been given an award.

Skanda Vale has been forced to shut due to the Covid-19 crisis. With fundraising activities stripped back, the hospice applied for funding from Persimmon as it prepares to re-open once the pandemic has eased.

Sister Ally, of Skanda Vale, said: “We have had to shut as we are not yet an end-of-life 24/7 hospice. We are desperately trying to stay in contact with all of our patients and volunteers but our fundraising has become non-existent which means we will struggle to re-open again in the same capacity.

“We currently have a waiting list of people needing respite. We try to prioritise those whose prognosis is very poor but it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide this much sought after service to everybody who needs it.

“This money from Persimmon is a great help.”

Persimmon’s long-running Community Champions scheme is currently focusing on groups and charities which help people aged over-70.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “It is incredibly sad to hear how the current crisis has impacted on the charities which are needed most at this time.

“We have responded by targeting our Community Champions cash - £64,000 a month across the UK – to groups that help older people.

“These are two great causes and it’s a privilege to be able to help.”