A SWINDON group dedicated to helping the town's homeless has been handed a cash boost.

The volunteer group, Swindon Helping Hands, was given £1,000 by developers Persimmon Homes.

Rachel Tucker, who founded the group late last year, said: "We are extremely grateful for Persimmon Homes' support. 

"Our team of volunteers are out every night giving out donated provisions to rough sleepers in Swindon. But it's not just about being fed and clothed. We want to do more.

"We are currently fundraising to provide serviced accommodation in line with the relevant support systems and offer a stable home to as many homeless people as we can.

"Persimmon's donation is a wonderful boost to our campaign." 

Each month the housebuilder hands out £2,000 funding to voluntary groups and good causes across Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Previously, they have donated money to the Great Western Hospital's Brighter Futures appeal, Swindon 105.5 community radio and local Parkinson's groups.

Nationwide, the firm has given out more than £2 million since starting their Community Champions campaign in 2015. £60,000 is donated every month.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director at Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “We fully appreciate how a home can be a safe haven and were very touched to hear about Swindon Helping Hands campaign. 

“Rachel and her team are providing such a valuable support to Swindon’s homeless individuals. We hope our donation helps get a roof over the head of many more rough sleepers in the area.” 

Groups keen on applying to Persimmons Homes' Community Champions grant scheme should visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.