Tennis club and cycle challenge charity backing
08 September 2015
Fundraising activities in Hampshire have received a ‘grand’ boost thanks to us.
Andover Tennis Club and a local man cycling to raise money to support type 1 diabetes research have each received £1,000 grants from the Persimmon Homes South Coast Community Champions scheme.
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
Andover Tennis Club has extensive outreach programmes into disability charities, youth programmes and schools. The grant from Persimmon will allow them to extend their facilities and work with more people.
Club chairman Margaret Winnett said: “Our current facility is only playable in dry weather and limits the number of people that can take part. We would like to thank Persimmon for their generous donation; this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and the donation will go a long way to catering for more people.”
Local man Karl Endersby cycled 100 miles in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event on Sunday 2nd August, to raise money for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF. Charity events fundraiser at JDRF, Alice Smith, said: “Type 1 diabetes affects 400,000 people in the UK. Karl has chosen to take on this huge challenge as his daughter was diagnosed with diabetes last year. He has already raised £1,300 by collecting donations through his on-line fundraising page. This grant from Persimmon will help Karl and JDRF improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and support more research into finding a cure.”
Persimmon Homes South Coast sales director, Mark Docherty said: “We are delighted to be giving this money to two great causes, one encouraging children to play more sport and the other raising money for a very worthwhile charity. Both causes seemed like the perfect fit to receive Community Champions donations this month.”
The Persimmon Community Champions is a national programme, donating £750,000 across the country to charities and groups that apply for match-funding up to £1,000.