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Added on: 13th February, 2018 by Caroline_9383
Residents are being urged to get behind a regional disability sports group to help them win £200,000 in a national competition launched by a leading housebuilder.
Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme last May, with the aim of giving £615,000 to support amateur youth sport in England, Scotland and Wales.
Thirty finalists are now competing for the top prize with the winner to be announced at a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Thursday, March 22. One individual or group will scoop £200,000, while two runners-up will win £50,000 each. Each of the 27 finalists will win £5,000 each.
SportsAble, which specialises in disability sports, has been chosen to represent Persimmon Homes North London in the final and it is now up to the public to decide on the winner with online voting under way for six weeks until March 16.
People can vote for their favourite sporting group by visiting the Healthy Communities page on the Persimmon Homes website.
SportsAble offers a mix of weekly fun sports and serious training sessions for national, international and Paralympic competitions. Members have represented Great Britain in Paralympic squads 49 times over the last 42 years.
Spokesman John Ireland said: “Many medalled Paralympians still train and coach at the centre. We are urging people to back us in this competition and take the time to vote as such a large amount of money would be a real game changer for our group.
“If we win the £200,000, it will help us refurbish the clubhouse and replace equipment. It will also help with our membership drive, which is particularly aimed at young people. It costs £300,000 per annum to run the facility, and we charge a heavily subsidised annual membership in recognition of most people’s limited incomes and therefore rely heavily on fundraising and grants.”
Damian Seddon, director-in-charge of Persimmon Homes North London, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Healthy Communities scheme, and the incredible talent, expertise and dedication shown by all the organisations that entered.
“The aim of the scheme is to help create a sporting legacy, and we believe SportsAble could do this if they win the £200,000. We would urge local people to get behind this group by adding their vote online, as the work they do is tremendous.”
As part of the scheme thousands of groups and individuals applied for monthly donations of £750 to pay for kit and equipment. As part of their entry they had to say what they would spend the £200,000 on if they were lucky enough to win the top prize. Persimmon Homes North London gave away £6,000 locally as part of this and nationally, Persimmon’s 30 businesses donated £180,000.