County charity set up in memory of Hannah Payne nominated for top prize

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A county charity is one step closer to winning a £250,000 house thanks to a local business.

Persimmon Homes, which builds new homes developments across the region, has chosen the Hannah Payne Memorial Trust as one of its finalists in a race to win the top prize of a brand new three-bedroom house.

The trust was established after the tragic death of Hannah, a talented 17-year-old girl from Mears Ashby in January 2006.

The charity creates and maintains family rooms in hospitals providing comfortable, well equipped areas for the family and friends of patients only a moment away from their bedside.

The charity was among hundreds entered into Persimmon Homes’ competition to win a house worth £250,000 to celebrate its 40th birthday.

People were asked to nominate charities who they thought deserved to win, and Persimmon Homes (Midlands) then shortlisted three to go forward to a national selection panel.

One charity will be chosen as the regional finalist, competing with 23 other charities from across the country for the grand prize in a public online vote.

While one of the 24 regional finalists will win the house, the remaining 23 each scoop a runner-up prize of £6,000.

Judith Potter, deputy managing director at Persimmon Homes Midlands, said: “We had so many local and great charities put forward for the chance to win the house.

“It was a very tough decision to choose our three finalists but we believe the charities we chose truly deserve to be in the running and make a positive difference to the area.”

The 24 regional finalists and details of how to vote for them will be posted on the Persimmon Homes website on Thursday, August 9.

The winner of the brand new three-bedroom detached house with garage valued at £250,000 will be announced at a charity luncheon in September, while a further 23 runners up will each receive a £6,000 donation from Persimmon.

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