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Housebuilder’s cash donation helps make a splash with Berkeley swimming trust

Added on: 25th July, 2018 by Natalie_26298

Housebuilder’s cash donation helps make a splash with Berkeley swimming trust

Last Updated:
Wed, 25 July 2018

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A regional builder has donated £1,000 to help a Berkeley swimming pool update its changing room facilities.

Berkeley Educational Swimming Trust was chosen to receive the money by Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, based in Bristol, through its Community Champions scheme. The builder chose the group to benefit from its monthly match-funded donation.

The pool was built more than 50 years ago by parents and supporters in the Berkeley area. The club, now an incorporated charity, provides curricular requirements for schools and swimming for the community.

Eugene Camper, from Berkeley Educational Swimming Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have received this donation from Persimmon – it takes us that one step closer to our fundraising target.

“This pool was built after a number of drownings in the local canal and river, with the aim of every local child being able to swim a length in cold water and potentially saving lives. Swimming is an essential life skill, and we want to make sure our facilities are the best they can be for the local community.”

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley has a new development coming to Berkeley. Canonbury Rise, as the development will be known, is located off Canonbury Street and will comprise 188 properties, with two, three, four and five-bedroom homes. For more information, visit:

Carly Spear, sales director for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We are delighted that so many worthy causes have sent in an application. Each month it is very hard to choose the recipients for the funding.

“We are currently in the early stage of an exciting development in Berkeley and wanted to use the Community Champions scheme to benefits the local community. As swimming is such an important life skill we felt the Berkeley Educational Swimming Trust very much deserved our support.”

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