Community donations from this South Yorkshire will now help groups working with the over-70s

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A South Yorkshire housebuilder which has given monthly donations to community groups for the past five years has announced that the scheme is to solely help the over-70s for the foreseeable future.

Persimmon Homes South Yorkshire launched Community Champions with a view to helping community groups, charities and good causes across South Yorkshire with two donations of up to £1,000 made locally every month.

As the nation starts to feel the effect of the Covid-19 outbreak, however, the housebuilder feels that elderly communities are in the most need of support.

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The change of direction will come into effect from April, with the donations for that month going to groups that work with and support the over-70s. This will continue until further notice. The March donations will be open to all community groups, in line with previous months.

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Richard Hosie, Director in Charge at Persimmon Homes South Yorkshire, said: “We have always believed in supporting the communities where we build, especially grassroot activities, and we hope people understand our desire now to specifically support the over-70s at this time.”

Since it was launched in 2015, the Community Champions scheme has donated more than £3m to around 3,500 groups.

To apply to Community Champions, visit