They’ve made the final, and now East Anglia’s Inspire Suffolk needs your help to secure £200,000.
The busy Ipswich-based charity is in the running for the significant winning sum, after house-builder Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities Scheme last year.
Persimmon’s intention is to give out shares of some £615,000, supporting amateur youth sport.
From the initial haul of applicants, Inspire Suffolk has made it through to the top 30 list of finalists, and will find out in March if it has been a fortunate worthy winner.
At a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Thursday, March 22, one individual or group will scoop £200,000, while two runners-up will win £50,000 each. The remaining 27 finalists will win £5,000 each.
Inspire Suffolk has been chosen to represent Persimmon Homes Anglia in the final and it is now up to the public to decide on the winner with online voting under way for six weeks until March 16.
Caro Thornton from Inspire Suffolk said: “We are urging people to back us in this competition and take the time to vote, as such a large amount of money would be a real game changer for everyone who benefits from Inspire Suffolk’s services and premises.
“Inspire Suffolk’s dedicated coaches deliver multi-sports and disability sports sessions at our Ipswich venue which the money will benefit, where they aim to develop technical skills, confidence, self-esteem and motivation.
“Winning the £200,000 would enable our charity to make vital improvements to our venue – upgrading changing rooms and showers to make them accessible, installing a lift to the first floor, removing asbestos and installing energy efficient heating and lighting – to ensure the charity can continue to support the community.”
Andrew Fuller, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Healthy Communities scheme, and the incredible talent, expertise and dedication shown by all the organisations that entered.
“The aim of the scheme is to help create a sporting legacy, and we believe Inspire Suffolk could do this if they win the £200,000. We would urge local people to get behind this group by adding their vote online, as the work they do is tremendous.”
Voting takes place online, at https://www.persimmonhomes.com/healthy-communities