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Construction team embark on charity triathlon challenge

02 April 2014

Staff members from Persimmon Homes Essex are set to push their bodies to the limit in support of two fantastic causes.

Four members of the Persimmon Homes Essex team have signed up to take part in next month’s Tamdown Triathlon raising money for charities Essex Air Ambulance and Dreams Come True.

The annual event, which is being held at Alton Water, Suffolk, on Friday 11th April 2014, will see entrants contest an eight mile off road bike course, a one mile canoe and a three mile run.

Persimmon Essex’s managing director, Phil Standen, will be leading the team. He says: “We are all excited – if slightly daunted - by the challenge but knowing the difference it will make to the charities we are raising funds for will definitely help us pull through if and when the going gets tough.”

Phil will be joined by senior surveyor, Danny Lloyd, land manager, Stuart Inskip, and layout designer, Chris Church and any money raised through sponsorship will be match funded by Persimmon Homes and split equally between the two charities.

Essex Air Ambulance provides a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) to Essex and surrounding areas, while Dreams Come True is a national children’s charity whose mission is to bring joy to terminally ill and seriously ill children by making their treasured dreams come true.

Essex Air Ambulance Events Manager Wendy Marcon-Knightley welcomed the ongoing support from the housebuilder following various fundraising efforts in 2013. She said: “We are delighted to be receiving such fantastic support from Persimmon Homes Essex once again.

“It is not the first time they have raised funds for us and we are extremely grateful. It costs £440,000 every month to run the air ambulance and without the generous support of companies like Persimmon we would not be able to keep the aircraft flying.”

Sue Fowler, Head of Fundraising at Dreams Come True, said: “We are delighted to be receiving such great support from the team at Persimmon. The Tamdown Triatholon is a huge challenge for anyone so we really appreciate the efforts of the Persimmon team.

“Any donation is invaluable and goes towards bringing joy to a child who is terminally ill or seriously ill. The four participants and everyone that sponsors them will be contributing directly to making a child’s dreams come true.”

Persimmon Homes has housing developments throughout the Essex area including Nightingale Gardens in Colchester, Tudor Park in Saffron Walden, The Drive and Neave Place in Romford, The Village in Aveley, Quantum in Grays and Saxon Gate in Chelmesford.

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