TWO hard-working local causes will each receive a cash donation from a regional housebuilder’s funding scheme.

Stroud-based Thomas Keble School and PARCS, a community project in Slimbridge, were selected by Persimmon Homes Severn Valley as the company’s latest Community Champions.

The national match-funding initiative seeks to support local groups and charities working to improve the quality of life or environment for local people.

Carly Spear, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “Local charities play such an important role in supporting their communities, so we are honoured to help these two worthy organisations.

“So far, the Community Champions scheme has handed more than £2million to good causes across the UK and it’s great to see so many community groups benefitting.”

Thomas Keble School, in Stroud, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11-16 year old students of all abilities.

Mr Burgess, Head of Music, reached out to Persimmon Homes Severn Valley to help fund new music equipment for the school.

The donation will purchase a samba kit for students, allowing for full class participation, providing students with opportunities to develop confidence in performing.

Run entirely by volunteers, community project PARCS applied for funding to help regenerate Slimbridge playing fields into an inspiring outdoor environment to bring together the village community. The group hopes to purchase new play equipment and redesign the area so it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Community groups, charities and good causes across the county have benefited thanks to the donations from Persimmon Homes. Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at

The scheme invites local groups and charities to bid for cash from a £750,000 national fund, with two donations of up to £1,000 being made locally each month.

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley operates new homes developments across Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset.