Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures has been awarded a share of a £1,000,000 fund supporting under-18s as a part of a hugely successful national campaign.

Suffolk Positive Futures represented Persimmon Homes Suffolk as one of 96 finalists in the housebuilder’s Building Futures competition, receiving £5,000 as a runner-up.

From February to May, Building Futures handed out grants totalling £128,000 to organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The competition culminated in a gala dinner at York Racecourse, where three finalists were each awarded the top prize of £100,000, three the second prize of £50,000 and three the third prize of £20,000. The remaining 87 finalists were handed £5,000 each.

Paul Knight Project Manager, Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures said: “Taking part in Building Futures has been a fantastic experience for us and it was so exciting to reach the finals.

“It was a fantastic event and quite humbling with such a broad range of groups being represented and we are delighted to have been awarded £5,000.

“It will allow us to continue and build on what we already offer young people in Suffolk and keep us providing worthwhile and constructive sports activities across the county”

Lucy Woodhall, head of sales at Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said: “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and we had a brilliant evening celebrating the fantastic work of so many organisations supporting young people in our communities.

“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work and dedication of those involved within all the groups.”

The first, second and third prize winners were decided by a public vote and more than 225,000 votes were cast.

The £100,000 prize winner in the sport category was Scrappers Gym based in Swindon, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association secured the award for education &arts and the Young People’s Counselling Service Annabelle Davis project in Peterborough was handed the health award.

The second prize awards of £50,000 went to Leeds Rowing Club for sport, UK Astronomy in Milton Keynes for education & arts and Norwich-based Toy Like Me for health.

Andover BMX Club scooped £20,000 for sport in third place, while Wargrave House in Newton-le Willows won the education & arts award and Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club in Stockton was handed the health award.

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