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Doncaster charity shortlisted to win share of £1million

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) is shortlisted to win a share of a £1million fund that supports under-18s nationwide – but first they need your votes to win.

Persimmon Homes South Yorkshire is backing darts to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £20,000, £50,000 or £100,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes.

The life-changing funds will go towards All Aboard – a programme for children and young people with disabilities and their families to promote independence, offer exciting creative activities and provide opportunities to express themselves.

This significant funding will enable darts to expand the programme, increasing activity and enabling more disabled children to benefit.

darts’ Programmes Manager Hayley Beecher said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.”

She added: “Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures, select ‘Building Futures Education’ and vote for darts every 24 hours until 27th September – we would really appreciate everyone’s support!”

The Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures scheme is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport. 

Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Foundation enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting has begun and will close at midnight on September 27. 

To support darts, please visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/

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