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Persimmon Homes creates £750k community fund

Persimmon Homes creates £750k community fund

Housebuilder Persimmon Homes has created a £750,000 community fund to support local groups and charities across the UK. These organisations can apply for up to £1,000 each to match money they have already raised themselves.

The first grants from Persimmon Community Champions will be made this month.

Jeff Fairburn, Group CEO, said:

“We want to hear from all types of groups and charities. You 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”.

 

 

Largest sum to date from Persimmon Homes

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Persimmon Homes donated a new house to The Harley Staples Cancer Trust in Leicester worth £250,000 in 2012.

You might remember the company’s charitable campaign from three years ago when it donated a new house to one charity. Before that it had made substantial donations to charities, including a £250,000 gift to Marie Curie in 2008.

But this is the largest sum that it has made available to charities so far.

Persimmon Community Fund is offering £750,000 to charities and local groups.

Persimmon Community Fund is offering £750,000 to charities and local groups.

Fairburn added:

“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 £750,000 can make a huge difference across every community.

“Every one of our businesses has two grants of up to £1,000 each to give away every month. That’s £2,000 a month from 24 regional teams plus a further £2,000 from our PLC head office and Space4 timber frame business”.

Applications to Persimmon Community Champions are now open.

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Research massive growth in giving.

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