Persimmon launches £400,000 charity giveaway to celebrate 40th birthday

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Charities from across Doncaster are in line to benefit from a huge financial boost to mark the 40th birthday of the UK’s leading house builder.

Persimmon Homes has launched a competition where one lucky UK charity will win a brand new three bedroom detached house with garage, worth £250,000.

The house builder will also give a further £138,000 in cash to charities across England, Wales and Scotland.

Persimmon Homes Yorkshire is encouraging charities in its region to enter to be in with a chance of winning the brand new home, or one of the 23 runners up prizes of a £6,000 donation.

Persimmon was founded in 1972 by current life president Duncan Davidson and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful housebuilders in the UK over the last 40 years.

Launching the competition, Persimmon Homes Yorkshire’s managing director, Andrew Bowes, said: “Persimmon Homes currently completes around 10,000 homes every year across the UK and since the company was founded in 1972, we have completed 200,000 homes for families and individuals, creating new communities across England, Wales and Scotland.

“Today’s announcement is our way of giving back to these communities. In the first instance, we are asking charities with a turnover of no more than £10 million to tell us in 250 words or less why their charity deserves to win our brand new house. Supporters of charities can also nominate.”

To enter the competition, charities and their supporters can nominate at Persimmon Homes Persimmon consists of 24 regional businesses in England, Wales and Scotland. In the first round, each of the 24 companies will select a charity from their region to represent them in the national final, which will see the general public vote for the outright winner.

The winning charity will be announced at a special Persimmon Homes birthday charity lunch in September 2012.

Persimmon recently announced a good start to its current financial year, reporting increases in both sales and orders against a backdrop of recovering demand.

Andrew said: “As a business we work hard and are proud to create homes for families and individuals while delivering a return for our shareholders. In this, our very special year, we are delighted to be giving something back to all the communities we have worked with in the last 40 years.”