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Two more local groups benefit from Persimmon's fund

05 October 2015

Two regional charities have received generous donations from Persimmon Homes South Coast.

Dorset-based Coach in the Community and the Kings Arms youth centre in Petersfield have each received funding towards their causes, thanks to the Persimmon Homes ‘Community Champions’ scheme.

The 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

Coach in the Community specialises in bringing together people in rural towns, to a place that is safe, affordable and offers activities for all ages.

Bethany Turner, spokesman for the charity said: “We have a fantastic double decker bus that local groups can hire off us and use as a base for their activities.

“The bus includes a café, a flat screen TV, games consoles and plenty of seating, making it a brilliant venue for youth groups. It is accessible for all ages and abilities and can be hired by local organisations.

“The coach has become a valued part of the community so this donation from Persimmon Homes will help us to purchase a second bus and provide even more community activities.”

The Kings Arms is a youth centre, specialising in activities and days out for children with learning disabilities, aged between 11 and 19.

Caroline Lacklison, operations manager of the charity said: “The aim of the group is to bring together young people with similar difficulties and help them be more independent and confident in social situations.

“The trips and activities that the centre provides are designed to help the children build up their confidence and become more independent away from their families.

“Thank you to Persimmon Homes for this generous donation. With this funding we will be able to continue our support for these children and carry on giving them the help they need.”

Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, added: “Community Champions aims to support charities just like these.

“These groups are a valued part of their communities, so helping to keep them going is vital for local people.”

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.

Persimmon Homes South Coast has developments throughout Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

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