Swansea anxiety group secures grand donation
12 July 2021
A mental health and anxiety support group in Swansea has received a £1,000 grant – enough to pay its hall hire costs for a whole year. A mental health and anxiety support group in Swansea has received a £1,000 grant – enough to pay its hall hire costs for a whole year.
Anxiety Support Wales runs support groups for people suffering from anxiety, trauma, bereavement and all other conditions linked to mental health at Manselton Community Centre. Many of its beneficiaries are teenagers.
The not-for-profit has been handed the cash prize from Persimmon Homes West Wales as part of the housebuilder’s re-launched Building Futures campaign, which runs until August.
Building Futures will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.
Sarah Dicks, fundraiser at Anxiety Support Wales, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this backing from Persimmon Homes.
“The money will pay the hall hire costs for the year, so we can guarantee our groups for a whole 12 months. It’ll also help us to pay for PPE, stationery, training and refreshments.
“Funding like this makes a huge difference to groups like ours. It really takes the pressure off.”
Building Futures 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 November.
In each sector – 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.
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to support Anxiety Support Wales with this funding.
“It is no secret that many people’s mental health has deteriorated during what has been a trying year for everyone. It is great that there are groups like there where people can receive support and advice.
“Building Futures is all about helping young people and youth groups in our area. We’re accepting entries until mid-August so we’d urge more people to apply by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com/charity”
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