House builder gives ₤1,000
to the James Bulger charity
A charity set up in the name of tragic
toddler James Bulger that helps and supports disadvantaged children, has
received ₤1,000 from 1 of the UK's largest house builders. Persimmon Homes North
West has named The James Bulger Memorial Trust, as 1 of its Community Champions,
a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the
value of over ₤1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
Nationwide Persimmon will donate a total of ₤750,000. Millions remember with
horror the terrible abduction and murder of 2 year old James, in February 1993,
in Bootle. The Memorial Trust, with James' mum Denise as patron, was set up to
benefit and support young people who have been the victims of crime, hatred or
bullying, as well as rewarding children judged to have shown exemplary conduct
or made a positive contribution to the welfare of others or society in general.
Charity Manager Stuart Fergus said:- "We offer and provide free holidays
and respite to children and their families in our fantastic 6 berth static
caravan based near Blackpool. We hold many events throughout the year to help
fund the caravan, which costs at least ₤6,000 a year to run and maintain. Thank
you so much Persimmon Homes, its great news that we have been selected for this.
Your ₤1,000 will go towards our latest fundraising campaign to update the
holiday home to a luxury lodge allowing us to use it all year round and offer it
to families who might have a family member in a wheelchair."
And he invited people to nominate a deserving young person by visiting their
Dave Hodgson, sales director for Persimmon Homes North West, said:-
"Everyone remembers James Bulger, and it is very pleasing to support a charity
that uses his memory to support disadvantaged children. Persimmon Homes North
West has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions. Charities and
groups which were previously unsuccessful can apply again and we urge them to