Aryshire cancer charity receives funds from Persimmon
14 June 2021
A charity supporting children and families dealing with cancer, has been given a £1,000 boost by one of the country’s leading housebuilders.
The donation made by Persimmon Homes West Scotland through its Building Futures campaign was awarded to Ayrshire Cancer Support, a charity that provides practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer in Ayrshire.
Building Futures will deliver more than £1m to good causes across the UK with applicants welcome to apply for funds before 15th August 2021.
Nicola George, fundraiser at Ayrshire Cancer Support, said: “We are so grateful to Persimmon Homes for its support. The money will help pay for a dedicated new wellbeing service and bereavement support for children and young people affected by cancer, either through their own diagnosis or that of someone close to them.
“Our service will include mental health support, bereavement support, counselling and transport to hospital appointments for children aged between five and 18.
“A cancer diagnosis for a child or someone close to them has a profound impact on their future at a crucial time of their life and support to improve confidence and mental health is so important.”
Building Futures supports community groups in England, Scotland and Wales working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health, and sport.
A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.
Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November.
In each sector – education & arts, health, and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Chris Logan, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to help Ayrshire Cancer Support with their plan to develop a service aimed specifically at supporting children.
“Building Futures is all about helping young people and youth groups in our areas. Our developments including Fairfields in Monkton, Annick Grange in Irvine, Clyde Shores and Mayfield Farm in Saltcoats and The Pastures in Stewarton, prompted us to support an Ayrshire-based group.
“We’re accepting entries until mid-August, so we’d urge more people to apply by visiting the Persimmon Homes website.”