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Loughborough specialist centre celebrates funding boost

10 August 2022

A specialist centre in Loughborough has received funding to buy new toys and equipment to help young people build on communication skills and independence.

Sense, on Radmoor Road, has received a £1,000 boost from Persimmon Home North Midlands.

The money comes through our Community Champions scheme, through which Persimmon donates up to £64,000 to good causes in Great Britain.

Sense currently run a specialist College in Loughborough for young people with complex disabilities aged 16-25, offering education and personalised learning to support employment and independent living. The site is now being developed into a Hub that offers pioneering services and programmes that support disabled people, their families and the wider community.

The new Sense hub is expected to benefit 8,000 disabled people, their families and the wider local community in the first year of operation

Carl Williams, Community Fundraising Manager at Sense, said: “We are extremely grateful to Persimmon for this tremendous donation.

“Sense College in Loughborough offers a range of opportunities for disabled young people to support education, independent living and employment goals.

“The generosity of Persimmon will help us equip the hub with specialist sensory toys and equipment which support disabled children to develop, communicate, and connect with others.”

Persimmon Homes is currently building stunning new homes right across the North Midlands, including at Garendon Park in Loughborough.

Nadine O'Dowd, Sales Director at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support Sense with this money.

“The centre does tremendous work with young people, making a tangible difference in their lives as they move towards adulthood.

“Part of the Persimmon ethos is supporting the communities in which we are building – and Community Champions is one way in which we do that.”

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At Persimmon we're proud to support our local communities. Our Community Champions programme was established in 2015 and has already donated more than £3 million to over 3,500 good causes across Great Britain. We also have a programme of community events taking place as part of our partnership with Team GB for the 2024 Paris Olympics, along with other great initiatives. 


Our hugely successful Community Champions programme has already donated more than £1 million to good causes in England, Wales and Scotland. Whilst the programme is running, each of our regional offices makes a donation of up to £6,000 every quarter to local organisations.

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