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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-23-12

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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 website.

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 visit our website."


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