Community champions support for local causes
15 June 2015
Two worthy local causes have been given a cash boost from Persimmon Homes Lancashire.
Staffield Cricket Club and CancerCare North Lancashire and South Lakeland are the latest groups to receive donations under the regional housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme.
The initiative aims to support local groups and charities with a pot of £24,000 of match-funding available. Organisations can apply via www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.
Staffield Cricket Club, based at Kirkoswald, Penrith, provides much-needed access to sport for young people in a rural community.
Club chairman Paul Telford said: “Ours is a thriving club, and we have worked hard to raise funds to enable the facilities to be used by the senior team, youth sides and the village school. We previously secured local authority funding towards an all-weather wicket which has been installed and now we would like to provide a bowling machine and repaired portable nets frame. The donation by Persimmon Homes of £1,000 is a very welcome boost to our fundraising efforts and we thank the company for their support.”
CancerCare (pictured) is an independent charity dedicated to helping local families.
The charity’s head of income generation, Christine Wardle, said: At CancerCare, we know that living with a life limiting condition is more than just a physical issue and can have a wide ranging impact on many aspects of life for all those involved. All CancerCare's services are provided completely free of charge to anyone affected by cancer or a life limiting condition living in North Lancashire & South Lakeland and this is only possible through fundraising.
The generous donation from Persimmon Homes will support the therapeutic aromatherapy massage sessions we currently offer to clients, using an individual prescription of oils to help relieve their symptoms, promote relaxation and general well-being. Aromatherapy massage can also alleviate some of the unpleasant side effects associated with cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.”
Diane Finch, sales director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, added: “Community Champions aims to help groups and charities that make a real difference to the lives of local people. Both of these excellent organisations perform vital roles in their communities, so we are proud to support their endeavours.”
The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.