A Christmas appeal by Jelson Homes has seen almost £2000 raised to support the work of Loughborough’s Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

£1912.00 was raised over the Christmas period via an online fundraising page, staff fundraising activities and donations from visitors to Jelson’s Leicestershire housing developments, along with collections organised by Leicester Riders basketball club during the team’s home games at the Morningside Arena.

Jelson’s assistant sales manager, Kate Horton-Walker visited the hospice to hand over the donations and meet the team.

“We’re delighted to be able to help the great team at Rainbows who work so hard for the children and their families,” she said. “We’d like to thank everyone who has donated, including our suppliers and business partners, our staff and visitors to our sales offices, and everyone who gave via Leicester Riders.”

Jelson’s office-based staff raised hundreds of pounds towards the total via a dress-down day and a competition to rename Rainbows’ bear mascot, won by Mike Parke from Jelson’s commercial team.

Rainbows is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, and a place where children with life-limiting conditions and their families can find care and support. Since 1994, the hospice has opened its doors and hearts to those children and the people who love them most.

Rainbows works with over 400 children and young people every year, offering bereavement support, sibling support, end of life care and palliative care; with a range of therapies including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, music therapy and play therapy.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Jelson Homes for choosing to support us this Christmas, and to everybody who donated to this wonderful campaign,” said Rainbows’ corporate partnership fundraiser, Emily Wright.

“We are almost entirely dependent on donations from our generous supporters to keep the hospice running, and we really can’t thank everybody involved enough for helping us to continue to care for life-limited children, young people, and their families across the East Midlands.”