A children's hospice charity in Hampshire has received a substantial award - but missed out on the top prizes at the home builder finals.

Sutton Scotney's Naomi House & Jacksplace, which has a shop in Andover, reached the final of the Persimmon Homes Building Futures campaign in the health category, representing Persimmon Homes South Coast region.

The charity provides hospice care to more than 525 life limited and life threatened children, young adults and their extended families.

Three finalists were each awarded a top prize of £100,000, three the second prize of £50,000 and three the third prize of £20,000.

The remaining finalists were handed £5,000 each, including Naomi House.

A Naomi House & Jacksplace spokesperson said: “Taking part in Building Futures has been a fantastic experience for us and it was so exciting to reach the finals, with such a broad range of groups being represented. We are delighted to have been awarded £5,000. 

“We aim to invest the money in installing a sensory garden linking two hospices.”

Matt Paine, managing director at Persimmon Homes South Coast, added: “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and it is wonderful to celebrate the fantastic work of so many organisations supporting young people in our communities.

“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work and dedication of those involved within all the groups.”