A GROUP which supports children with complex needs has received £1,000 to take the youngsters on a special day trip.

Happy Hill Essex received the grant from Heybridge-based house builder Persimmon Homes’ community champions fund.

The group made a successful bid for the cash to take 15 children on a day out to Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire.

Happy Hill founder Heather Hill said: “As a mother of two children with additional needs, I understand how important it is to provide inclusive play and recreation opportunities for these children.

“Thanks to Persimmon’s generous donation, we will be able to fund this fantastic trip, which is sure to be popular with the children.

“Our activities are catered to suit the child’s individual needs and a one-to-one play-worker is assigned all children who require one, whether it be for medical or behavioural needs.”

Persimmon, based in Broad Street Green Road, started the scheme in 2015, allowing charities and groups to apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.

Managing director Phil Standen said: “We are pleased to be able to support Happy Hill Essex and their clients by donating £1,000 to the group.

“The work of the association to support the children and their families and friends, helps build strong and inclusive communities, which Persimmon Homes champions.

“It is a pleasure to be able to support the cause with this donation and we hope the trip is enjoyed by all.”