Building Futures winners announced
16 October 2019 / 11:09
Community projects supporting under-18s across the country have benefited from money awarded by the Building Futures programme and Team GB’s partnership with Persimmon Homes.
A total of 96 national finalists were put to a national vote with three awarded the top prize of £100,000, one from each of the three categories; sport, health and education and the arts.
Three second prizes of £50,000 were handed and three more received the third prize of £20,000. The remaining 87 finalists were handed £5,000 each to support their work.
The £100,000 prize winner in the sport category was Scrappers Gym based in Swindon, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association secured the award for education & arts and the Young People’s Counselling Service Annabelle Davis project in Peterborough was handed the health award.
The second prize awards of £50,000 went to Leeds Rowing Club for sport, UK Astronomy in Milton Keynes for education & arts and Norwich-based Toy Like Me for health.
Andover BMX Club scooped £20,000 for sport in third place, while Wargrave House in Newton-le Willows won the education & arts award and Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club in Stockton was handed the health award.
Earlier this year, from February to May, Building Futures also gave away £128,000 to 128 organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
The competition culminated in a gala dinner at York Racecourse earlier this month where representatives of all the finalists were on hand to receive their awards.
The first, second and third prize winners were decided by a public vote and more than 225,000 votes were cast.
Dave Jenkinson, CEO at Persimmon Homes, said: “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and attracted more than 4,000 applications from such a wide variety of organisations.
“The Persimmon Charitable Foundation and Olympians Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner met to choose our 96 finalists and were humbled by the quality and breadth of organisations dedicated to supporting and developing under-18s.
“It has been an absolute pleasure and an honour to host them all at York Racecourse celebrating their fantastic work and revealing the first, second and third prizewinners in each category.”