Two major lenders have reported a strong uptake in the first month of the government's extended Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Halifax said they had received a total of 2,384 applications, potentially worth £365m in mortgages.
The scheme is designed to encourage lenders to offer mortgages with deposits as low as 5%.
But critics are concerned it could help to create a UK housing bubble.
RBS and its subsidiary NatWest, and Halifax - owned by Lloyds Banking Group - are among the few lenders to offer mortgages under the government's extended scheme.
Helen & Douglas House was set up in response to the need for support for families who have children with life-shortening conditions and respite care for the children themselves.
Helen & Douglas House has the time and expertise to care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families. The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. Their aim is to help every young person - aged from birth to 35 – who visits them from Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, live life to the full....even when that life is short.
Many of the young people who visit Helen & Douglas House can be isolated and unable to lead independent lives. They rely on their main carer for everything. It often feels that their whole life is dictated by other people – when they go to bed, when they get up, what they do and when they do it. The hospice houses give them the chance to make choices for themselves and experience things they would not normally easily access – such as outings and being with people their own age – but still have the support and specialist care they need.
It costs over £4.5 million every year to run both houses. The charity is dependent on voluntary contributions for over 80% of this. This means they rely almost entirely on the generosity of supporters in the local community to be able to provide sustainable, specialist care for the children and young adults who visit them and support for their families.
30th Anniversary Appeal
Helen & Douglas House are celebrating their 30th birthday this year. Help them celebrate by donating just £5. Text "Live30 £5" to 70070 or visit www.hdh.org.uk to donate online.
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For more information please visit www.helenanddouglas.org.uk. Follow Helen & Douglas House on Facebook and Twitter.
Registered Charity Number 1085951