Town project named as a Persimmon Community Champion
04 June 2015
The Christmas lights in a Norfolk town will twinkle a little brighter this year thanks to a cash donation by Persimmon Homes.
Aylsham Christmas Lights Community Committee has become one of the first organisations to be given a cash boost by Persimmon Homes Anglia as part of its year-long initiative to support local communities.
Persimmon Homes chose the group to receive a £1,000 donation as it is also building a new development in the town at Willow Park.
The donation kickstarted Persimmon’s Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 donated to local groups and charities across East Anglia over the next 12 months.
Two groups will now be chosen every month to receive a match-funding donation and organisations are being encouraged to apply by completing an online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.
This month, money was also donated to Emmaus Ipswich, which helps the homeless and long-term unemployed.The Aylsham Christmas Lights Committee has raised thousands of pounds to change the town’s coloured bulbs to icicle lights, which are more in line with a Green Government directive.
Only six streets still need to be changed at a cost of nearly £6,000 and the committee has organised a barn dance next month, a fundraising stall in July and a quiz in October to boost funds.
Keith Elphick, spokesman for the committee, said: “It is fantastic that Persimmon Homes is supporting us. They are now becoming part of the Aylsham community and we hoped they would support us as the lights mean such a lot to everyone in the town.”
Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works.
He said: “We are delighted to support the Christmas lights because it is important for us to become a part of the community wherever we build.”
Willow Park in Aylsham is a collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes which are appealing to a wide cross-section of buyers.
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.