A HOUSEBUILDER with a scheme in Keighley has given a boost to a children’s cancer charity.

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, whose developments include Branshaw Park in Keighley, has donated £1,000 to the Give a Duck Foundation.

The cash – from the company’s Community Champions scheme – will fund 40 of the foundation’s chemo ducks, which provide comfort and support to youngsters undergoing chemotherapy at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Each duck is fitted with medical lines and ports, mirroring the child’s.

Brian Curran, head of fundraising for the charity, said: “We are overjoyed to receive Persimmon Homes’ support.

“Chemo ducks are a very simple yet effective way to make life a little easier for children and their families experiencing the most horrendous of situations.

“Whatever treatment the child is receiving, so is chemo duck. Some of the children find the duck helpful to explain what they are going through to their friends ­– and others simply find comfort in the duck.”

Christopher Hull, deputy managing director of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “Our Community Champions scheme is all about supporting the communities where we are building. We are delighted to support the Give a Duck Foundation.”

For more about the scheme, visit persimmonhomes.com/charity.