A WEST Yorkshire housebuilder is raising funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for the sixth year running.

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire chose to support the hospice at their annual charity golf tournament, raising over £2,900.

Since 2012, members of the team have trekked, sky-dived, baked, ran and completed gruelling bike rides, all in aid of the children’s hospice, raising an impressive £45,000.

The annual golf tournament has become a regular event, bringing together golfers from businesses in and around West Yorkshire. Up to 13 teams took part in the recent tournament raising £2,901.

Simon Whalley, sales director, said: “Our golf tournament has become a popular event. It’s a break away from the daily work routine helping to raise valuable funds for a very worthy cause.

“We began supporting Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as part of the company’s 40th anniversary charity event and every year we try to support their fundraising efforts.”

In 2015, the region challenged themselves to raise £20,000 to fund a specialist nurse for a year.

Referred to as care co-ordinators by the hospice, these individuals provide an invaluable service for both the children and their families who are going through an immensely difficult time.

The team smashed its target by raising an amazing £28,082.17.

“Everyone had a wonderful time at the golf day and the weather was good too,” added Simon.

“From working with the hospice over the years, we have a greater understanding of the funds they require to maintain such a valuable and supportive service.

"We are delighted to offer our support where we can.”

Alison Parker, regional fundraiser for Forget Me Not said: “Huge thanks to everyone at Persimmon Homes for supporting us so brilliantly over the years.

"The money they have raised makes a real difference to the children and families we care for – meaning we can help them spend precious time together and make magical memories that will last a lifetime.”

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports around 600 families in West Yorkshire, through its hospice at home service and at their state-of-the-art hospice, Russell House, located in Huddersfield.

The charity must raise over £4.5 million each year to maintain its services and receives less than three per cent funding from the Government.