Persimmon birthday celebrations raises £6,000 for charity
28 September 2012
Persimmon plc celebrated its 40th birthday with family fun day that raised thousands of pounds for charity.
The housebuilder hosted the charity event in the grounds of its headquarters in Fulford and collected over £6,000 for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust (SMA Trust).
Persimmon group’s chief executive, Mike Farley, was delighted that so many of his staff members and their families were able to attend.
He said: “Both employees from the Group and our Yorkshire regional office were able to join us on the day and the weather couldn’t have been better.
“The charity tombola and silent auction was very popular. We choose to raise funds for the SMA Trust as this was a cause very close to our hearts after an employee, Louise Granger and her husband, Simon, sadly lost their son, Elliot, to the disease.”
The event was hailed a great success which saw magicians, face painters and giant garden games entertained the children, while parents enjoyed performances by the Charles Church Brass Band.
Mike added: “This year is a big celebration for the business and we are delighted with the Group’s performance during this tough economic climate.
“As part of our celebrations the Group is funding a house giveaway competition aimed at supporting charities that often tend to miss out on vital funding. We received over 3,500 charity entries and our current 24 finalists are gaining public votes to win a Persimmon house, worth £250,000.
“The birthday competition has been very well received and we are look forward to announcing our overall winner on 27th September.”