A family fun day in Shoreham-by-Sea, hosted by a charity which supports bereaved families has received a cash boost from Taylor Wimpey South Thames.

The leading housebuilder, which is currently building new homes at its Shoreham Crescent development on the outskirts of town, donated £500 to Tommy’s Fund, which supports families in West Sussex who have lost adult children aged 18 to 30 by providing financial support for things such as funeral costs and bills.

The money will be spent on leaflets, banners and programmes to promote the event and will help fund the overall cost of organising Tommy’s Family Fun Day, which takes place on Saturday 19th August from 10am until 4pm at Buckingham Park in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Jeanette Compton, founder of Tommy’s Fund, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey, we feel so honoured to have received this donation.

“With this contribution they have helped to make Tommy’s Family Fun Day become bigger and better – we can now spread our message with 7,000 flyers and leaflets to give to the public, on top of organising a fabulous fun day for all.

“We cannot thank Taylor Wimpey enough for their support and generosity, without a donation like this we could not host such a fantastic event.”

The action-packed day will feature craft stalls, a dog show, a beer tent, tug of war, Marmalade drum workshops, Reptylers and live music from Singing’s Cool plus talks by the British Transport Police to raise awareness about railway safety.

Funds raised from the event will be donated to Tommy’s Fund and The Connor Sands Foundation, the chosen partner charity for this year’s fun day.

Jeanette started Tommy’s Fund after discovering a lack of resources available to bereaved families when her son, Tommy Ramshaw, tragically died in an accident on a level crossing at the age of 20.

She bravely hosts talks, supported by The British Transport Police, about railway safety for children and young people to warn about potential dangers.

Jeanette said: “Tommy is with me all the time whenever I campaign about rail safety. We want the atmosphere on the day to be true to Tommy’s personality, filled with lots of fun – however we also have a very serious message to communicate to the public about rail safety and bereavement.

“Knowing that I can now give someone a programme on the big day if it’s too difficult for me to discuss what happened to my son is a weight off my shoulders, so I can focus on campaigning about safety and celebrating Tommy’s life.”

Susan Joseph, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Thames, said: “We’re thrilled to offer our support to Tommy’s Family Fun Day, it is a privilege to help this wonderful charity to raise more funds which will enable it to continue delivering vital support for communities across West Sussex.

“We wish everyone involved with Tommy’s Fund all the best and hope the community has a fantastic time at Tommy’s Family Fun Day.”

For more information about Tommy’s Fund visit www.tommysfund.org.uk

To find out more about the new homes available at Taylor Wimpey’s Shoreham Crescent, property-seekers should visit the development’s Sales Information Centre, located off Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6TQ, and open daily from 10am to 5pm. Alternatively, the Sales Executive can be contacted on 01273 894375.

Further information about Taylor Wimpey developments across the region is available by visiting www.taylorwimpey.co.uk