Knock out! Swindon youth project awarded £1k from charitable scheme

By Swindon Link - 30 May 2019

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  • Swindon Children’s Scrapstore

    Swindon Children’s Scrapstore

A leading housebuilder has selected a regional youth fitness project to receive £1,000 of community funding.

  • The first regional winner – 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

    The first regional winner – 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

Swindon Children’s Scrapstore was chosen as a winner of the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative which supports groups providing activities for under-18s. 

The Swindon Children’s Scrapstore is a registered charity and community resource centre that promotes re-use as a means of protecting the environment. Its latest project is called Scrappers boxing gym and community centre.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “Swindon Children’s Scrapstore has provides access to fitness equipment for young people in Swindon, encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle.  We are pleased to help with this donation, which will help towards the costs of new lighting installation for the gym.”

Olivia McCann, from the organisation, said: “We are so grateful to Persimmon Homes for this donation.

“Swindon Children’s Scrapstore has ambitious plans to expand the services offered by the organisation and enable more children to participate in sport.”

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.

In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education & 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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