Added on: 27th March, 2018 by Natalie_26298
A Weston-Super-Mare school has been handed a cheque for £5,000 in a national competition run by leading housebuilder Persimmon Homes.
Westhaven School received the money through the Persimmon Healthy Communities scheme which saw the housebuilder give away £435,000 to 30 finalists.
Persimmon Homes Severn Valley chose Westhaven School as its winner as the specialist wanted to build a dedicated sports hall and changing rooms equal to that of their mainstream peers.
Jamie Peacock, Deputy Headteacher at Westhaven School said: “We are so proud that our school could be given the chance to win such a large sum of money. And although we didn’t win the final prize of £200,000, the £5,000 takes us one step closer in our fundraising efforts and we’ll continue to raise money to get our new sports hall.”
The Healthy Communities competition went to a public vote where all 30 finalists battled to receive Persimmon Homes’ top prize of £200,000. Overall winners, Heart of England Community Boxing Club, will completely redevelop their new premises in Hinckley with the prize money.
All of the finalists were invited to attend a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Thursday when 27 organisations received £5,000 for getting to the final stage of the competition. SportsAble, based in Maidenhead, and Park Wrekin Gymnastics, based in Telford, were named the two runners-up, both receiving £50,000.
Steve Roche, Managing Director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “The Healthy Communities scheme has been a great success and we had a brilliant evening at York Racecourse celebrating the fantastic work of these special sporting clubs.
“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work of those involved within the sporting clubs, who work exceptionally hard to train the next generation of sporting heroes.”
Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme last May, and has since given £615,000 to support amateur youth sport in England, Scotland and Wales.
Thousands of groups and individuals applied for monthly donations of £750 to pay for kit and equipment and as part of their entry had to say what they would spend the £200,000 on if they were lucky enough to win the top prize.
Persimmon Homes Severn Valley gave away £6,000 locally as part of this and nationally, Persimmon’s 30 businesses donated £180,000.