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Persimmon supports pedal, paddle, peak challenge

15 June 2022

A group of colleagues competing in the pedal, paddle, peak challenge for Muscular Dystrophy UK is the latest recipient of funding from a regional house builder.

Persimmon Homes Wessex has donated a £1,000 grant to the charity on behalf of Lloyd Davenports plastering company in Newbury as it continues to help local groups and charities in the area.

Persimmon donates up to £64,000 a month to fund initiatives as part of the highly successful Community Champions scheme.

Founded in 1959, Muscular Dystrophy UK has been leading the fight against muscle-wasting conditions since then.

It brings together more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions, affecting around 110,000 children and adults in the UK.

Beth Austin, from Lloyd Davenport, said: “Thank you much to Persimmon Homes, this has given the whole team a massive lift as we prepare to take on the pedal, paddle, peak challenge.

“Phil Loosen, our commercial director, has a son with Becker Muscular Dystrophy and there is currently no cure, and in many cases, it limits lives.

“Muscular Dystrophy UK support high-quality research to find effective treatments and cures and are leading the drive to get faster access to emerging treatment for families in the UK.

“It ensures everyone has the specialist NHS care and support they need and provide a range of services and resources to help people live as independently as possible.

“This £1,000 will hopefully go towards high-quality research to help further understand these conditions, develop effective treatments and inform better care.”

Pauline Fletcher, sales director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Lloyd Davenports as they continue their preparations for this challenge.

“Muscular Dystrophy UK is a fantastic charity that puts every single penny to good use, so we’re delighted to be donating our Community Champions grant to them this month.

“It sounds like Beth and the team have signed up for something extremely difficult but I’m sure the support and backing from the local community will help them over the line.”

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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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