Suffolk Positive Futures is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win.

Persimmon Homes Suffolk is backing Suffolk Positive Futures to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes.

Paul Knight representing Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.”

Suffolk Positive Futures is a sports based social inclusion project. The project engages with young people aged 10-19 through sports and reconnects them with their community, developing skills and confidence to reach their goals through activities, education and volunteering. We currently work with around 400 young people, but winning Building Futures would enable us to expand our programmes across Suffolk, providing more positive opportunities for young people in areas of deprivation.  In Suffolk we are supported by a range of local agencies including the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Knight added “Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/ and select Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures and vote for us we would really appreciate everyone’s support.”

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport. 

Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Foundation enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting will close at midnight on September 27.

To support Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures please visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/.

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