Persimmon Lancashire gives double funding boost to local groups
04 June 2015
Two Lancashire groups have become the first organisations to be given a cash boost by a regional builder as part of its year-long initiative to support local communities.
Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity and Burscough FC Juniors have each received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Lancashire. The donation to the two causes has kick-started Persimmon’s Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 donated to local groups and charities over the next 12 months throughout the region.
Two groups will now be chosen every month to receive a match-funding donation and charities are being encouraged to apply by completing an online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity
Persimmon has a development at Ainscough Mill in Burscough and was impressed by the work of Burscough Juniors FC. The football club, which trains at the Priory High School, applied for the money to go towards buying a defibrillator to be used by their teams and the local community. The village football club has 21 teams with youngsters aged from under-7s to over-18s as well as a women’s team.
Simon Kenyon, chairman of Burscough FC Juniors, said: “We cannot thank Persimmon enough for their support. If someone suffers a heart attack, the use of a defibrillator greatly increases their chance of survival. Our machine will be housed at the high school and will be there to support the community as well.”
Diane Finch, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “Equipment such as this is essential for all communities, and we are delighted to help the football club in this way.”
The Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity works hard to support local hospitals across Lancashire and Cumbria, including Furness General Hospital, Westmorland General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. They particularly look to improve the patient experience and will use the money to buy creative toys for the children’s wards.
Judith Read, charity coordinator for Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Persimmon Homes to receive this generous donation. This contribution will allow us to provide the extras which can make such a difference to patients and service users in our care. We are grateful to have their support.”
Mark Cook, managing director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works. He said: “We are very pleased to hand over our first donations to two such extremely worthy causes. Both groups play a vital role within their communities and it is easy to see how people really benefit from the work they do.”
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.