March 25th 2020

Families in Thornaby can look forward to holiday fun and a healthy breakfast during the summer holidays thanks to funding from Persimmion Homes.

Five Lamps been selected to receive £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Teesside’s Community Champions scheme to support its annual summer-holiday breakfast club.

Amy Richardson, Five Lamps, Marketing and Campaigns Manager, said:

Five Lamps has been delivering a breakfast club during the school holidays for two years and provided somewhere for families to go to socialise with their neighbours, meet new people, take part in activities and enjoy a free breakfast.

“When the club was first established in 2018, we hoped to reach around 40 young people during the six-week holiday and have them attending the club on a regular basis. However, the club was so needed, that we had around 200 young people and a footfall of more than 800.

“The feedback we have had has been rewarding. People have told us we have brought the community together and that families feel less stressed about their finances during the school holiday period, as not only are we providing a free breakfast, we are also providing enriching activities which helps contribute to the young people having a fantastic summer holiday.

“The demand for the clubs is becoming greater, which means we are heavily reliant on volunteers and donations. This grant will make a huge difference to us and help us to continue our brilliant clubs.”

Joan Peart, sales director for Persimmon Homes Teesside, said:

In these difficult times it is reassuring that organisations such as Five Lamps are able to support the community and help ease some of the financial and emotional burden. We were delighted to handover the funds and wish them well.

“This is exactly what our Community Champions scheme is all about, supporting good causes and volunteers who give their time to support their communities.

“We always receive so many applications for our Community Champions initiative. I really encourage any charities and groups looking for funding to apply to the scheme for their chance to receive up to £1,000 match-funding for their own cause.”

Each month the Thornaby-based builder donates up to £2,000 to community groups across the region. This also happens across Persimmon’s other 31 operating areas, meaning up to £64,000 is dished out every single month – a total of £768,000 a year.

To find out more about the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme please visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity