Bristol youth club bags £1,000 prize from Persimmon
08 June 2021
A Bristol youth club has been given a £1,000 boost by one of the country’s leading housebuilders
Hartcliffe Club for Young People provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for young people aged between eight and 18, supporting them to reach their full potential.
The group is currently in contact with 84 young people, but prior to the pandemic that had grown to 164 people per week.
Hartcliffe Club for Young People has been handed the gift from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley as part of the housebuilder’s re-launched Building Futures campaign, which runs until August.
Building Futures will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.
Jackie Eddy, of the club, said: “We’re delighted to receive this generous funding from Persimmon Homes.
“We were founded in 1956 as a boys club and became a mixed use club in the late 1980s. We have worked with generations of families across two of the most deprived areas of Bristol and have trained and supported young people into employment.
“This money will allow us to purchase new sports equipment and hire sports pitches.”
Building Futures aims to support community groups 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.
Carly Spear, sales director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We’re delighted to support Hartcliffe Club for Young People and the fantastic work it is doing with young people in Bristol.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on young people who might not have enjoyed the support and socialisation opportunities they are used to. Clubs like this are really important.
“Building Futures is all about helping young people and youth groups in our area. We’re accepting entries until mid-August so we’d urge more people to apply by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com/charity”
Persimmon has a new site launching in Bristol soon at a former college site in Lawrence Weston. Househunters can register an interest now at www.persimmonhomes.com to be kept up-to-date with the development’s progress.