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Housebuilder supports boy's operation appeal

Added on: 4th July, 2018 by Caroline_9383

Housebuilder supports boy's operation appeal

Last Updated:
Wed, 4 July 2018

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An East Anglian boy’s campaign to walk unaided received a cash boost from a leading housebuilder.

Persimmon Homes Anglia has donated £1,000 towards the Lewis’s Little Legs appeal, launched to raise £60,000 for a life-changing operation.

The award, from the housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme, will support 2-year-old Lewis Whele’s dreams to play with his big brother Hayden.

Lewis’s mum Toni said: “Lewis was born 10 weeks prematurely and had an operation because of a twisted bowel. At five months we were told he has cerebral palsy, affecting his lower limbs.

“We are currently fundraising for a life-changing operation that is not available on the NHS. The procedure – selective dorsal rhizotomy – could totally change his life, allowing him to play with his big brother and walk unaided.”

Supporters of the Colchester family have already raised more than £19,000 for the fund and anyone interested in helping can donate at

Andrew Fuller, managing director at Persimmon Homes Anglia, added; “The Community Champions scheme was launched to enable us to make a difference to the lives of local people. Often that is by supporting a sports team or charity, sometimes a neighbourhood event.

“This month we have chosen to donate to a very brave family who have faced many challenges as we felt they deserved our help.”

Also receiving a £1,000 donation this month was Great Yarmouth Gateway Club, which aims to raise £20,000 to take a group of disabled people on holiday.

Persimmon’s national match-funding Community Champions scheme seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life or environment across the region.

Community groups, charities and good causes across the country have benefited thanks to the donations from Persimmon Homes. Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at

The scheme invites local groups and charities to bid for cash from a £750,000 national fund, with two donations of up to £1,000 being made locally each month.

Persimmon Homes Anglia operates new homes developments across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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