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Groups shortlisted for housebuilder’s £1m giveaway

Posted onPosted on 22nd Oct

Three groups supporting young people in Nottinghamshire are in with a chance of winning up to £100,000 in a housebuilder’s charity competition.

Persimmon Homes Nottingham has shortlisted the good causes to represent the region in its Building Futures scheme, which will give away £1m this year to projects that benefit under-18s.

The groups have been selected from three categories targeting grassroots sports groups, health organisations and arts and education projects.

St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School, Calverton, will represent the arts and education category at the national final, Asylum Academy for Extreme Sports has been selected to represent sport, and The Jorja-Rose Foundation in health.

A public online vote of all 96 finalists, running from October to November, will determine the national winners who will be crowned at an event later this year.

Neil Follows, managing director of Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said: “Building Futures is all about inspiring the younger generation in our local communities and giving the groups they’re associated with as much support as possible.

“This year has been another great success and the response we get from such worthy causes never fails to amaze me. We’re extremely proud to have given away over £128,000 already but that it just the start.

“We have three outstanding finalists representing the Nottingham region and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish them all the very best of luck. It would be great to see one of them win the top prize so I would urge people to get voting when it opens next week.”

St Wilfrid’s plans to create a new inspirational classroom dedicated to music and the arts.

Extreme sports specialists in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Asylum Academy for Extreme Sports, (pictured) will use the prize funds to create a brand-new 30 metre length bouldering wall as well as double its equipment hire, enabling more youngsters to try their sports.

The Jorja-Rose Foundation was set up by Carla Dawson in memory of her daughter who bravely battled brain cancer and sadly passed away. The charity supports children and families who are fighting against cancer and wants to purchase a holiday cabin in the Nottinghamshire countryside for families to escape from the day-to-day hospital appointments and treatments and help create precious family memories.

Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting opened on Monday, 11 October and runs until midnight on November 19. For more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/.