Our Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and community groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. In this way, Persimmon aims to support people across every city, town and village where the Group operates in England, Wales and Scotland. Since its launch in 2015 we have donated more than £1m to over 1,200 local groups.
Every one of the Company’s operating businesses along with the Group head office has two grants of up to £1,000 each to donate every month.
To apply to the Persimmon Charitable Foundation for funding, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.
Short videos featuring further examples of how Persimmon’s Community Champions’ awards are supporting charities and local community groups can be found here.
Devon Freewheelers is a voluntary motor bike service that delivers blood and tissue samples on behalf of the NHS. The service provides a free, out of hours courier service from 5pm to 7am Monday to Friday and runs for 24 hours at the weekends and on bank holidays. Persimmon Homes South West’s £1,000 donation will go towards the upkeep of the motorbikes. Caroline Retter of Devon Freewheelers, said: "The charity receives no funding at all from the NHS for this service and all of the riders who undertake these deliveries give their time free of charge. The donation from Persimmon Homes South West helps keep this service on the road and will help people across the whole of Devon."
Mind in Exeter & East Devon also received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes South West. It will be directed to ‘The Women’s Network’, a service from the group that has a sole focus on women who have become isolated after experiencing a mental health difficulty. Rose Jordan, marketing, community and events fundraising administrator at the charity, said: "We are so pleased to have been granted these funds. The difference this will make to the lives of women living in rural areas who have become isolated cannot be underestimated. Services that can reach out to meet this need in Exeter and Devon can be such a lifeline."
The Garwood Foundation, which provides support for people with cerebral palsy and related disabilities, used a donation from Persimmon Homes South East to buy a piece of kit that will allow all pupils at the Rutherford School to enjoy hydrotherapy sessions. The school, based in Croydon, is a special, independent school for three to 19-year-olds with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Karin Schnabel, who made the successful bid on behalf of the school, said: "Hydrotherapy sessions are a part of what we offer, and we want to install a Splash Deck to assist delivery of sessions in deeper or shallower water where students are unable to touch the bottom of the pool. The donation has made this achievable."
The Bilston People’s Centre successfully applied to Persimmon Homes West Midlands for a donation to help fund the purchase of a minibus. The Centre, which is run by volunteers, has ambitious plans to set up parenting classes, budgeting courses and to help people preparing for work. Gill Mason, spokeswoman for the Bilston People’s Centre, said: "The centre has been created to meet the needs of the local community. We need to raise £10,000 to buy the minibus so this donation is a real help for us as we hope to be in a position to buy the vehicle in March."
Hednesford Town Football Club Supporters’ Association (HTFCSA) also received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes West Midlands. The money will be used to provide a new disabled shelter for both home and away fans to make it easier for them to watch matches in comfort during all kinds of weather. Scott Smith, spokesman for the HTFCSA, which was formed to give supporters more of a voice within the town, said: "Our organisation has given people living in Hednesford a chance to feel even closer to their local club as we look to improve the supporter experience. Funds for the new shelter come mainly from membership monies and fundraising events. This is hard work for our volunteers and to be given a boost such as this is a real boon."