A Bedfordshire school is a step closer to picking up the keys to a new minibus thanks to help from a regional housebuilder.
Wootton Lower School is fundraising for its own vehicle to transport children between its two sites and for educational visits, and Persimmon Homes has contributed £1,000 through its Community Champions match-funding scheme.
The builder’s programme aims to support local groups and charities from a £24,000 pot of match-funding.
Claire Davidson, head of sales at Persimmon Homes Midlands, said:
“Wootton is a popular village, where we are creating highly sought-after family homes in our Berryfields development and Jubilee Gardens being built by our sister brand Charles Church.
“The school is an integral part of the village, and the new community being created here, so we are pleased to be able to support this project for them.”
A new school is under construction as part of the Persimmon and Charles Church development in Wootton, and the minibus was required to help to transport children between the school’s two sites through a three-year relocation programme.
Also selected for a £1,000 donation this month is the Haemophilia Society, a charity supporting people living with the bleeding disorders.
Claire Davidson added:
“Community Champions aims to help groups and charities that make a real difference to the lives of local people. Both of these excellent organisations perform vital roles in our neighbourhood, so we are proud to support their endeavours.”
The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.