Anglia invests in regional community groups
15 November 2012
A martial arts centre in East Anglia has been chosen as the first recipient of a brand new £500 community chest from Persimmon Homes
Wymondham Martial Arts and Wellbeing Centre, the largest venue of its kind in Norfolk, won the Persimmon Homes Anglia competition to secure the cash.
Persimmon Homes, based in Lowestoft, set up the chest to support organisations across the region. Local groups were asked to say what difference £500 would make to their local community efforts.
The Wymondham centre was set up at a disused industrial unit at Phillip Ford Way last year, and converted into a modern sports centre. Today its boasts two martial arts areas, a dance and fitness studio and a therapy room. It offers 28 different sporting activities for all ages seven days a week.
Karen Claydon, who along with her husband Chris runs the centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win the first Community Chest from Persimmon. The money will help us to get the new toilets and showers up and running at the centre.
“We didn’t have any showers before, but we are hopeful that they will open up a whole new target audience: spin classes at lunchtime for local business people, and keep fit in the daytime for busy mums.”
Alison Page, Head of Sales and Marketing for Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: “As we are building in Wymondham, we wanted to get involved with the local community and in light of this year’s Olympic Games felt it a worthwhile cause.
“We launched our Community Chest because as a leading business with strong roots in the area, we felt it was important to work in partnership with the local community for the greater good. We hope that this money will have a positive impact on community organisations needing a little help and support.”
Persimmon also awarded a runner up prize of £100 to The Blooming Kids Club, formed by children under guidance of the Aldwyck and Aspinall Residents Association, which will go towards gardening equipment for their community growing areas.
Secretary of the residents association, Ann Skipper said: “£100 will make such a difference to the kids club. It will enable us to buy things like spades, forks and trowels that would otherwise have to be funded by parents.”