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Added on: 23rd January, 2017 by Charlotte_29363


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Mon, 23 January 2017

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A local beekeepers association and brass band group are the latest good causes to receive a helping hand from a leading housebuilder.

Penrith Beekeepers Association and Wardle Academy Brass Brand Association have each been awarded £1,000 as part of the Persimmon Homes Lancashire Community Champions scheme.
The national match-funding programme seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life or environment for local people.

Diane Finch, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “The Community Champions Scheme was devised to help us support small local charities and organisations that are making a real difference to the lives of people living in the area.

“Both groups perform vital roles within their communities, so we are proud to support their causes.”
Penrith Beekeepers Association promotes beekeeping in Penrith and the surrounding areas to help eradicate the diseases and disorders of honey bees.

The group has already held successful fundraising events including a Tudor banquet and training courses. A £1,000 windfall from Persimmon Homes will help to purchase much-needed specialist equipment which will help bees to survive the extreme winter weather.

Wardle Academy Brass Brand Association is a local music ensemble, consisting of around 300 youth members aged between seven and 19. The association provides the opportunity for its members to reach professional standards as well as the chance to play with top bands.

The last 12 months have seen a large increase in players and the match-funding donation from Persimmon will help to safeguard the development of the association, allowing young people in the community the chance to learn music and play an instrument.

Community groups, charities and good causes across the county have benefited thanks to the donations from Persimmon Homes. Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at

The scheme invites local groups and charities to bid for cash from a £750,000 national fund, with two donations of up to £1,000 being made locally each month.

Persimmon Homes Lancashire operates new homes developments throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.

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