Charities celebrate £1.5m Windfall

Cornish beneficiaries of a charity campaign which has seen more than £1.5m given to good causes have gathered in Launceston to celebrate their success.

More than 1,800 charities and groups have benefited from Persimmon Homes’ hugely successful Community Champions campaign, including more than 50 from the company’s Cornwall branch.

Some of those Cornwall winners met at Trethorne Golf Club for a coffee morning.

Daniel Heathcote, director in charge of Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: “More than £1.53m has been donated to good causes across the UK since the launch of Community Champions in March 2015.

“That includes around £50,000 to groups within our particular operating area. That is something we can be extremely proud of. “It was fantastic to invite the winners to the coffee morning and to put names to some faces.

“All of these charities do amazing work and it was very interesting to hear what they have spent the money on.”

On top of Community Champions, Persimmon Homes runs another campaign, Healthy Communities, which sees £22,500 donated to youth sports clubs or young sports people each month.

Early in 2018, an overall Healthy Communities winner will scoop a £200,000 jackpot, with runners-up prizes of £50,000 and £5,000. Daniel added: “Both Community Champions and Healthy Communities are still up and running so I’d encourage people to get online and apply.” To find out more or to enter, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.

The charities which attended were as follows:

1st Callington Scout Group, Blisland Community Association, Cancer Research, Caradon Hockey Club, Clearbrook Wild Child, Concern Wadebridge, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Hugs from Henry, Lions Club of Liskeard, Liskeard in Bloom, Liskerell Nursery and Pre-School, Sensory Trust, SPARC Sport, Special Olympics Cornwall, St Austell Sea Cadets, St Issey School PTA.