Barratt and David Wilson Homes has made a donation of £1,500 to Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity for its Next Generation Genetics Appeal.
The Essex homebuilder made the donation to the charity, which supports staff at two world-leading hospitals to service patients with heart and lung conditions, to back the appeal to purchase a new genetic sequencer. This will help to confirm a diagnosis of a suspected inherited condition in patients who have symptoms – and their family members – before symptoms start.
Catching a disease early can make it easier to treat or prevent it from developing, and the donation from Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ Community Fund scheme went towards the purchase of such a valuable facility for the two London hospitals.
Rhianne Liberty, Fundraising Officer at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, said: “When our team was informed that we had been selected to receive a donation, we were overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement. It was truly an unexpected and heartwarming surprise.
“The generosity and willingness to support our Next Generation Genetics Appeal made our team feel valued and motivated us to continue our work.
“Health services are facing significant challenges so we really appreciate the Community Fund scheme, and also want to thank Shea Doran at Barratt and David Wilson Homes for nominating us.
“The donation has helped to bring the reassurance of a diagnosis to heart and lung patients.”
Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals is the UK’s largest and leading specialist centre for the treatment of patients with two of the world’s biggest killers – heart and lung disease. They are known internationally for their expertise, as pioneers of innovative and influential research and for providing high quality services for over 250,000 patients annually.
All patients – from premature babies to adults in their 90s – have complex health needs and often life-limiting conditions such as congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis and those needing a heart or lung transplant.
Raising money for equipment and amenities that fall outside the scope of NHS funding, the charity makes a life-changing difference for patients by supporting impactful projects that create new possibilities in diagnosis, treatment, and research and to improve the patient experience.
Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ donation was made as part of The Barratt Foundation, which is designed to support national and local charities and leave a legacy in the communities in which the housebuilder operates.
Tom Wright, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, said: “The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity works tirelessly with the two industry-leading health facilities to deliver exceptional services for patients with heart and lung conditions.
“The Next Generation Genetics Appeal was of extreme importance and we’re proud to have helped the charity ensure the hospitals’ essential services can continue.”