In 2019 following on from our hugely successful 2018 Healthy Communities initiative, Persimmon Homes joined forces with Team GB – the British Olympic Association – to launch our Building Futures campaign. Through this campaign we donated over £1 million to support community projects for under 18’s across three categories, sport, education, arts and health in England, Wales and Scotland. In 2020 Building Futures has been relaunched with applications being taken during April and May, with the finalists being announced in June, and following an online vote the winners will be announced in October 2020.
The Building Futures donations of over £1m were made in stages. We made donations of £1,000 to 127 groups over four months from February to May to improve the delivery of vital grass roots community projects benefiting children and young people. A total of 96 groups made it through to our finals – where the winners of our three top awards in each category were decided by a public vote – and their success was celebrated at a gala dinner held at York Racecourse in October. The dinner was generously supported by a number of the Group’s major suppliers and the evening itself raised c.£21,000 for the Charitable Foundation’s funds.
Swindon Children’s Scrapstore (sport), Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association (education & arts) and The Young People’s Counselling Service (health), won the most votes in their categories and each received a donation of £100,000. Three other groups were awarded £50,000 as runners-up in each category, Leeds Rowing Club (sport), UK Astronomy (education & arts) and Toy Like Me (health) were each awarded £50,000 as second place winners, along with £20,000 each to three third place winners. The remaining 87 finalists received a donation of £5,000 each. More details about each of our overall winners can be found here: Sport: Swindon Children’s Scrapstore Education & Arts: Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association Health: The Young People’s Counselling Service.
Sport: Swindon Children’s Scrapstore Education
Arts: Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association
Health: The Young People’s Counselling Service