Housebuilder David Wilson Homes North West has boosted funds raised at Tarporley Cider Festival, in aid of the village’s much cherished War Memorial Hospital, with a donation of £1,000.

The donation was made in response to an appeal by festival organisers to any local business willing to match-fund proceeds raised on the day.

Tarporley War Memorial Hospital, established in 1919, provides care to those living in Tarporley and surrounding villages.

The hospital specialises in the rehabilitation of the elderly, intermediate care and supporting terminally ill and palliative patients as well as providing day and respite care and dealing with minor injuries.

The hospital only receives approximately 30% of funding from the NHS, with 70% needing to be raised each year - an increasingly difficult task.

DWH North West, which is currently building homes at Haddington Park on Nantwich Road, has donated the funds from its dedicated community giving initiative, Our Space, Your Place.

The housebuilder’s scheme offers support to community groups in the region through volunteering time or funding.

Our Space, Your Place project coordinator and planning director at DWH North West Andrew Taylor visited the hospital to meet staff.

He said: “At David Wilson Homes, we are dedicated to giving something back to the communities situated in and around the areas where we build homes. The Tarporley War Memorial Hospital is a unique and very valuable facility for local people, so we are absolutely delighted to be able to support it in this way.”

Tarporley War Memorial Hospital fundraising, PR and marketing assistant, Caroline Mellor, said: “Thank you to David Wilson Homes who match funded one of our staple events, the Tarporley Ciderfest. It was fantastic to meet Andrew and show him around the hospital, and we look forward to working with them again soon.”