Cricket club scores cash from housebuilder’s community fund

Generous spirited cricketers from Cound Cricket Club have hit a six with a charity bid to leading housebuilder Persimmon Homes West Midlands.

The club has been awarded £1,000 after applying to the builder’s Community Champions Fund for a share in the cash pot available to community groups and charities in the region. The cricket club will in turn pass the cash on to two charities being supported by its annual President’s Day.

Both the Harry Johnson Trust, set up in memory of seven-year-old Harry Johnson to support children and teenagers under the care of the oncology unit at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital, and 4Louis, which supports parents who suffer stillbirth or a neo-natal death, will receive £500.

Kevin Hamer, who applied to the Community Champions fund on the club’s behalf, explained: “On Christmas Day, one of our players lost his little angel, Elena, at 32 weeks and from that moment 4Louis has been there to support her parents Chris and Gayle and the wider family. I was with the family that night and want to support such a great charity.

“The Harry Johnson Trust is close to the heart of our club, as our chairman is related to Harry and does the Christmas cards and calendars to help support its fundraising.”
Stephen Cleveley, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “It is wonderful to hear that a grassroots sports club is supporting two worthy causes that are clearly close to the club’s heart.

“It is a pleasure to be able to donate the money to be split between the two causes in support of the club’s fundraising activities.”

He added: “Persimmon Homes West Midlands has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a difficult choice from so many worthy causes. If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”