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£1m youth project giveaway launched by house builder

Persimmon Homes South Coast has launched a £1million charity giveaway to support young people across Britain. The Building Futures scheme aims to support community groups working with under-18s.

Laviai Nielsen
World Championship silver medallist sprinter Laviai Nielsen helped to launch this year’s £1million Building Futures funding scheme

The scheme will span three sectors – education & arts, health and sport.

“As the country really starts to feel the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, we believe that now more than ever we need to look after the health and wellbeing of the youngest and oldest members of our communities,” said Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast. “Persimmon has already pledged to re-direct its Community Champions funding initiative towards groups that work with and support the over-70s for the duration of the pandemic crisis. Now, with the launch of Building Futures, we aim to help the younger members of our society.

“We will make donations from £1,000 to £100,000 to grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues, as well as community arts and education projects.”

Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association, and the company enlisted the help of World Championship silver medallist and Tokyo Olympic Games and Team GB hopeful Laviai Nielsen (Track and Field) to launch the scheme.

The 24-year-old 400m sprinter said, “Persimmon Homes and Building Futures can change the lives of thousands of youngsters across Britain, so that gets a massive ‘thank you’ from me.”

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