A HOUSEBUILDER has generously donated £4,000 to four Berkshire charities as part of its grant funding scheme.

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, Sport in Mind and DEBRA each received a donation from Legal and General Homes.

Every three months, charitable organisations close to the housebuilder's developments have a chance to receive a share of a £2,000 grant.

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At the local developments in Buckler's Park in Crowthorne and Finchampstead's Finchwood Park, residents can vote for one of three charities to receive the funding.

The Berkshire MS therapy centre helps support people with Multiple Sclerosis and provides a specialist centre with a gym, oxygen chamber, therapy rooms and a garden.

They received a £1,000 from the housebuilder which will help towards the running costs of the facility.

Kristen Shakeri, fundraiser at the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Centre, added: “This £1000 donation will go towards our running costs, enabling us to continue to provide our four core therapies – physiotherapy, counselling, chiropody and oxygen therapy – free of charge. "The Centre costs circa £460,000 per annum to run and we are completely self-funded, so donations such as these are incredibly important.”

Mental health charity Sport in Mind also received £1,000 which will help provide ongoing support to people in Berkshire.

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Neil Harris, founder of Sport in Mind, said: “This will enable the charity to deliver more sport and physical activity sessions to help our beneficiaries’ recover, rebuild self-esteem and empower themselves to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

"We would like to say a massive thank you to Legal & General Homes for this award and the public for voting for us.”

Debra, a charity which funds research and healthcare to support people affected by the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa was awarded £600.

Another charity called Grow Baby received £400 to help them collect and distribute baby clothes and equipment to new parents in need of extra support.

Legal & General Homes managing director, John Allan, added: “Supporting the people in the surrounding area and the causes that they care about is really important to us."