Community champions support for local causes (1)
04 June 2015
Two worthy local causes have been given a cash boost from Persimmon Homes Anglia, demonstrating the diversity of organisations being supported by the funding scheme.
A charity supporting people with learning difficulties and a four-day festival are the latest ‘Community Champions’ groups to receive donations of £1,000 each.
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
Great Yarmouth Gateway Club is a registered charity for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Spokesman Raymond Humphreys said: “The club meets every Friday night at St Paul’s Church Hall in Yarmouth and enables members to enjoy a range of social and sporting activities.
“We are currently trying to raise £6,000 to fund a holiday at Butlins in Skegness for our members and have organised sponsored events such as a 24-hour pool marathon and a 24-hour exercise bike challenge. We also held an auction and raffle at the Queens Head pub in Burgh Castle.
“This £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes will make a huge difference to our fundraising, so thank you Persimmon.”
Lowestoft Summer Festival will run from 16-19th July and provide a wealth of entertainment for all ages.
Danny Steel, chairman of Lowestoft Vision, said: “All of the funds raised by the festival will be distributed to local charities and good causes by the town’s three Rotary clubs and the Lions.
The event will include sports tasters for 17 schools, a sandcastle competition, seafront picnic and treasure hunt. There will also be a velodrome in the town centre.
Persimmon’s generous donation will help us to cover the costs of St John Ambulance medical cover throughout the festival.”
Andrew Fuller, managing director for Persimmon Homes Anglia, added: “Community Champions aims to help groups and charities that make a real difference to the lives of local people.
We are proud to support both of these excellent causes.”
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.