Persimmon Homes, one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, has handed out more than £1 million in cash prizes to groups supporting the under-18s as a part of its Building Futures campaign.
96 organisations in England, Scotland and Wales got through to the final stage of its competition in a nationwide celebration of the groups that work to support youngsters aged under 18 across sport, health and education and arts.
More than 2,000 clubs, groups and organisations entered the Building Futures competition.
The winners, who were decided by a public vote which attracted nearly 400,000 votes, were announced during a virtual event earlier this month. The final was watched by around 1,500 people.
The main winners were:
o Ringsfield Hall Eco Activity Centre (for the Education & Arts category), the Children’s Hospital Charity (for the Health category) and Northampton Swimming Club (for Sport) won the most votes in their categories and were awarded £100,000 as 1st Place winners.
o North Music Trust (for Education & Arts), Little Hearts Matter (for Health) and KD Gymnastics (for Sport) were each awarded £50,000 as 2nd Place winners.
o Refugee Action (for Education & Arts), Derian House Children’s Hospice (for Health) and Afan Lido Ladies & Girls FC (for Sport) were each awarded £20,000 as 3rd Place winners.
o The remaining finalists were awarded £5,000 each.
Group CEO Dean Finch said:
“The Building Futures campaign gave the company an opportunity to recognize the incredible work that is undertaken nationwide to support young people, often by volunteers.
“During a year that has seen charities struggle as fundraising opportunities have been affected, it is clear that any prize made through the Building Futures scheme will be put to good use and make a difference to hundreds of young people’s lives. Now more than ever, we all need to work together to build a happy, healthy and successful future for the next generation.”
During April and May, Building Futures also gave away £1,000 each to 128 organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.
Further details about the Building Futures programme, together with information about finalists and monthly award winners, can be found on the Persimmon Homes website.