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Added on: 2nd November, 2017 by Caroline_9383
A regional builder has given a cash boost to a Cheadle school to help pupils complete their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Persimmon Homes West Midlands, which has its headquarters in Wolverhampton, donated £1,000 to Painsley Catholic Academy through its Community Champions scheme. The builder chose the group to benefit from its monthly match-funded donation.
Gillian White, who runs the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at the school, in Station Road, said she was delighted that Persimmon Homes had decided to provide such generous support.
“We have been so successful that this year the demand to take part exceeds the amount of kit we have available. We try to cater for all students who would like to take part and this year, we will have close to 50 Bronze, 20 Silver and 14 Gold participants.
“All the kit has been bought by the students and staff by raising funds and we try to give the students a positive expedition experience by running them ourselves to keep the awards affordable for all involved.
“Staff give their time on a voluntary basis and the aim is to encourage independence, resilience and team work for our students.”
Stephen Cleveley, director-in-charge for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme provides tremendous opportunities for young people and we are pleased to be able to support the school in this way.
“We do receive many worthy applications every month, and I would urge charities who have not been successful to apply again.”
To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity