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Added on: 3rd April, 2018 by Sarah_22646


Hannah Bartram and Tony Payne, from the hockey club, with Simon McDonald MD Persimmon Homes East Midlands, and Nova Eames, sales director Persimmon Homes East Midlands

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Tue, 3 April 2018

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A Sandy sporting group has received £5,000 after becoming a finalist in a national competition run by a leading housebuilder.

Shefford & Sandy Hockey Club received the money through the Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities scheme which saw the housebuilder give away £435,000 to the finalists.

Persimmon Homes East Midlands chose the sporting group as its winner after being impressed with the work they do in the community.

The Healthy Communities competition went to a public vote where all 30 finalists battled to receive Persimmon Homes’ top prize of £200,000.

The finalists were invited to attend a gala dinner at York Racecourse). Twenty-seven organisations from Scotland to St. Ives received £5,000 for getting to the final stage of the competition.

Overall winners, Heart of England Community Boxing Club, will completely redevelop their new premises in Hinckley with the prize money.

SportsAble, based in Maidenhead, and Park Wrekin Gymnastics, based in Telford & Wrekin, were the two runners-up, each receiving £50,000.

Nova Eames, head of sales at Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “The Healthy Communities scheme has been a great success and we had a brilliant evening at York Racecourse celebrating the fantastic work of these special sporting clubs.

“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work of those involved within the sporting clubs, who work exceptionally hard to train the next generation of sporting heroes.”

Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme last May, and has since given £615,000 to support amateur youth sport in England, Scotland and Wales.

As part of the scheme thousands of groups and individuals applied for monthly donations of £750 to pay for kit and equipment. As part of their entry they had to say what they would spend the £200,000 on if they were lucky enough to win the top prize.

Persimmon Homes East Midlands gave away £6,000 locally as part of this and nationally, Persimmon’s 30 businesses donated £180,000.

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