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Gloucester community scheme benefits from housebulder's £1million giveaway

A Gloucestershire-based community group has benefitted from cash awards from a leading housebuilder's charity scheme.

Gloucester Athletics Track was one of three winners from the Severn Valley region in the Persimmon Homes Building Futures campaign,

Persimmon Homes have handed out in excess of £1million in cash prizes to organisations across England, Scotland and Wales as a part of the intitative.

The campaign aims to support under-18s across three sectors: Sport, education and arts, and health.

In total, 96 organisations have received at least £5,000 from the scheme with the winner in each of the three categories receiving £100,000.

The groups representing the Severn Valley region were Gloucester Athletics Track and Bristol-based pair Gympanzees CIC and We The Curious.

Gloucester Athletics Track said they'd spend the money on new equipment and in support of their para-athletes.

Paul Moody, managing director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, 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 £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.

From February to May, Building Futures has also given away £128,000 to 128 organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

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