Swindon youth groups urged to apply for slice of £1m giveaway

By Swindon Link - 1 April 2019

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  • First regional winners at Mabel Prichard School, Oxford - (L-R) Libbie, 11, Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director at Persimmon Homes Wessex, Rosie, 15, teacher Alex Wilson, Matias, 14, Rhianna, 12, Theresa Watson, sales manager at Persimmon Homes and Anita, 17

    First regional winners at Mabel Prichard School, Oxford - (L-R) Libbie, 11, Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director at Persimmon Homes Wessex, Rosie, 15, teacher Alex Wilson, Matias, 14, Rhianna, 12, Theresa Watson, sales manager at Persimmon Homes and Anita, 17

Groups working with under-18s in Swindon are being urged to apply for their share of a £1million pot in a major scheme being run by a regional housebuilder.

Dozens of charities and organisations have already applied but Persimmon Homes Wessex is urging groups in the area to enter quickly as the scheme will only run for four months.

Persimmon Homes launched its national Building Futures programme in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association – the housebuilder is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

The scheme aims to support community groups across three categories: sports, education and arts, and health. Persimmon Homes Wessex will give away £1,000 each month to one vital grassroots project in its operating area. Each of Persimmon’s 31 regions plus Persimmon Plc will also choose a monthly winner.

Richard Briggs, managing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “The scheme launched in February and attracted a lot of entries with Mabel Prichard School, Oxford, chosen as our first winner.

“However, we have other monthly donations of £1,000 to give away in March, April and May.We are looking for groups, charities and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend the big cash prizes to come forward.”

Three initiatives will each go on to win a national £100,000 prize through the award scheme following a public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education and arts, and health – 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.

To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/

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