Donations give 12 sick children luxury breaks

Hannah's Holiday Home''L-R''Steve Smith, Pam Marshall, John Cooper and John Beresford with a cheque for �3,000 for Hannah's Holiday Home at the new Milford-on-Sea luxury lodge.
Hannah's Holiday Home''L-R''Steve Smith, Pam Marshall, John Cooper and John Beresford with a cheque for �3,000 for Hannah's Holiday Home at the new Milford-on-Sea luxury lodge.
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KIND-HEARTED construction firms have donated thousands of pounds to a much-loved local charity.

Grainger, which is developing the new Berewood Estate, in Waterlooville, has joined up with Careys which is building the roads on the estate to give back to the community.

Both firms asked their suppliers to dig deep into their pockets to raise cash for Hannah’s Holiday Home, which provides breaks in luxury holiday homes for seriously ill children and their families.

The £3,000 that was donated by firms, including Pro Mech, means 12 children and their families will benefit from the holidays, set up in memory of 10-year-old Hannah Westbrook, who died from cancer in 2004.

Steve Smith, the project manager at Carey’s, said: ‘I don’t want people to think we go in, rip the ground to pieces and just run away with the money and profits.

‘Part of our company philosophy is to show that we do think about residents.

‘When I first heard about Hannah’s Holiday Home I thought it was a very good cause.

‘Then I spoke to my suppliers and we decided to donate money to help them.’

Pam Marshall, from Horndean, is Hannah’s mum.

She said she was delighted to receive the cheque at the soon-to-be opened third home in Milford-on-Sea.

Pam said: ‘We were chuffed to bits they chose us, a small, local charity, to benefit from their work.

‘They may have made the whole place a building site when they were here but I think it’s lovely they are giving something back to the community.

‘Twelve local families will be able to go to the holiday homes now because of this money.

‘In fact I have already had one very sweet thank you card from a grateful family.’

The charity has also benefited from a further £1,600 thanks to revellers at a festival.

DrakeFest, held at the Admiral Drake pub, in Portsmouth, in July raised the cash with a three-day music extravaganza.

Pam said: ‘It was a brilliant festival. We were there from 6pm on the Friday to midnight on the Sunday.

‘We really appreciate everyone’s generosity.’