Persimmon ‘surfs’ up a grand donation for youngsters mental health project
03 July 2020
A Scarborough project that uses surf therapy for young people experiencing mental health concerns, has received £1,000 from our Yorkshire region.
The Wave Project was awarded the donation from our Yorkshire regions' Building Futures campaign, which supports groups working with under-18s.
Siobhan Whitefield from The Wave Project, said: “It costs in the region of £3,000 to provide a six week surf therapy session for 10 students and as a charity we are reliant on companies like Persimmon Homes to help make this possible. This donation is a big help to our fundraising efforts as we work towards welcoming more than 60 new young people this year.”
At Persimmon Homes, we are giving away £1million through the Building Futures programme. The campaign aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport. A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects. Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.
Scott Waters, deputy managing director, said: “Building Futures is all about supporting the younger generation for a better future. We are very pleased to support The Wave Project’s work.”
In each of the Building Futures sectors – education & arts, health and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.