Persimmon Homes supports healthy living initiatives
21 September 2015
A charity that aims to provide every school in the UK with life-saving medical equipment and a rugby team that supports youth sports have received match-funding donation from Persimmon Lancashire.
The year-long 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
Hand on Heart is a national charity working to provide every school in the country with a defibrillator. The Kendal campaign aims to make all 45 schools in the Kendal and surrounding areas ‘Heart Safe’. Charity associate, Annette Ritson, said: “As many as 12-16 young people die every week in the UK as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. We believe external defibrillators should be immediately available if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.”
So far 21 schools in the area have been provided with defibrillators. The charity also aims to promote the learning of basic life-saving skills for children and adults, so that they would know what to do in the event of an accident or emergency.
“We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes Lancashire.” Annette said. “This donation will go a long way towards our aim.”
Colne and Nelson Rugby Club has recently been fundraising to refurbish its premises, to facilitate a growing interest in rugby in the area.
Christopher Buck, from the club said: “We have a growing junior section which is underpinned by the club employing a community rugby coach to go out into local schools. Having a clean and smart clubhouse to support these youngsters when they take part in rugby will enhance their experience of the sport.”
Persimmon Lancashire Sales Director Diane Finch said: “We are delighted to be supporting Hand on Heart Kendal and the Colne & Nelson rugby club. We like backing these sorts of projects as they really promote health and fitness to the children and the local community.”
The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to value of £1,000 to match money they have raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.