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Essex trio call for public support to win £100,000

25 Sep Essex trio call for public support to win £100,000

Three groups in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Rochford are urgently seeking support to help them win a share of a £1million prize pot – with just two weeks until voting closes.

Kids Inspire, Rochford Town sports and social club and the Endeavour School Anchorage Association, are all representing Persimmon Homes Essex in the housebuilder’s Building Futures competition – and are in with a chance of walking off with £100,000 each.

The three organisations have been shortlisted to compete against groups from across the UK in categories targeting grassroots sports groups, health organisations and arts & education projects.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000, decided on the highest number of public votes. There will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while the remaining 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Voting closes at midnight on September 27.

The Endeavour is a special educational needs school that cares for and educates children with complex needs, learning disabilities and physical disabilities. The school has applied for the funding to refurbish our school library and hall, which dates to when the school first opened in 1970 – including new learning resources and gym equipment for the hall.

Rochford Town Sports is a not-for-profit sports and social club promotes and facilitates football coaching and training, while also providing activities for the wider local community. The club would use the money to expand and renovate its clubhouse facilities, including the building of two new unisex changing rooms with showers and referee room.

Kids Inspire supports children, young people and their families who are affected by trauma, family breakdown and emerging mental health issues in Essex. Each child receives bespoke support, including creative therapies, mentoring and/or family therapy. Funding would benefit Kids Inspire’s most complex cases, supporting children age 5-19yrs who are affected by issues that include bereavement, neglect, abuse and trauma.

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

Phil Standen, managing director for Persimmon Homes Essex, said: “Building Futures aims to create lasting legacies in local communities.

“We urge people to get their votes in for these three fantastic causes. The deadline is just two weeks away, your vote could make a real difference.”

Votes can be placed by visiting The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Tuesday, October 8.