28th Oct, 2020

Covid community champions receive £1k cash boost from regional housebuilder

A COMMUNITY association providing hot meals for isolated pensioners and a bowling club are the latest recipients of £1,000 each from a regional housebuilder.

Manningford Hall Community Association and Marston Green Bowling Club were awarded the donation by Persimmon Homes Central through its Community Champions scheme.

Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals but in April, all funds were diverted to support charities and organisations working with the over-70s following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Karen Urwin from Manningford Hall Community Association said: “We are a community hall based in Druids Heath, run by volunteers with a passion to support our community.

“The grant from Persimmon Homes enabled us to run a hot food delivery service to our isolated older citizens many of whom used to join us every week for a community lunch before lockdown, thank you very much.”

Heather Candelent from Marston Green Bowling Green said: “The club, formed in 1991, is a community hub for local people to play crown green bowls and 76% of our member are over 70.

“Without a basic income, we are at risk of closure so this grant will make such a difference to us, thank you Persimmon you have made me so happy.

“Our volunteer committee members have done an incredible job of creating guidelines and procedures to allow us to host members for social bowling and to enable their return to the green to support with maintenance.”

Sarah Preston, sales director for Persimmon Homes Central, said: “These have been difficult times for everyone and we are delighted that our donations through the Community Champions scheme have been put to such good use.

“Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our Community Champions scheme has targeted 10 different organisations that support and help the over-70s.

“As we return to a new normal we are delighted to once again open up the scheme to all parts of our community, so we look forward to receiving nominations from anyone of any age who is doing good work that makes a difference to their community.”

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity or organisation, visit: persimmonhomes.com/community-champions.

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