Housebuilder in Peterborough creates community fund to help good causes

Persimmon's sales advisers show off the cash figure for good causes

Persimmon's sales advisers show off the cash figure for good causes

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A leading housebuilder has announced the creation of a community fund to help support causes and charities in Peterborough.

Persimmon Homes East Midlands, which has developments across Cambridgeshire, east Northamptonshire, south Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire, has just set up the Persimmon Community Champions.

We hope our funding of £24,000 can make a huge difference across every community.

Simon McDonald

It 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 with some £24,000 available for the East Midlands.

Simon McDonald, deputy managing director of Persimmon Homes East Midlands, based in Commerce Road, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works.

He said: “This is an extremely proud day for the whole business.

“We have always supported charities but we have never come together with such a large pot of money.

“We hope that our funding of £24,000 can make a huge difference across every community.

“We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding, with groups and charities completing an online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.”

Mr McDonald said that Persimmon is set for further growth this year on the back of an excellent 2014, during which the group completed 13,509 homes.

He said: “We want to hear from all types of groups and charities.

“It may be a small Scout group looking for funding for a trip, a school PTA looking to create a vegetable patch or a community swimming club looking to offer further classes to the local community.

“We want to hear from everyone as we’re determined to invest our money where it will help the most. All we ask is that the group or charity has already worked hard to raise money themselves, and we will then match this effort with funding of up to £1,000.”

To apply for funding, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity