Persimmon injects £24K into town

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A leading regional housebuilder has announced the launch of a £24,000 community fund to support local groups and charities in Morley and the surrounding area.

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, which has a development in Morley is launching Persimmon Community Champions.

We want to hear from all types of groups and charities in the Morley and surrounding area.

Persimmon Community Champions is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves for a variety of causes.

Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works - which includes Morley and the surrounding area.

He said: “This is an extremely exciting venture 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 £24,000 can make a huge difference across every community.

“Nationally, every one of our regional businesses has two grants of up to £1,000 each to give away every month.

“ That’s £2,000 a month from our regional teams plus our PLC head office and Space4 timber frame business.

“We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding by asking local groups and charities in the area to complete an online form.

“They can do this by visiting”

Persimmon is set for further growth this year on the back of an excellent 2014. The Group legally completed 13,509 homes last year.

The company is calling on groups and charities in the community to apply for funding, with the first grants being issuedthis month.

Wayne said: “We want to hear from all types of groups and charities in the Morley and surrounding area.

“You may be a small scout group looking for funding for a trip, a school PTA looking to create a vegetable patch at your school or a community swimming club looking to offer further classes to the local community.

“We want to hear from everyone.

“ 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.”

To apply for funding or find out more, visit