We’ve been shortlisted to win a share of £1million!

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) is shortlisted to win a share of a £1million fund that supports under-18s nationwide – but first we need your votes to win!

Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures and vote for darts every 24 hours until 27th September – we would really appreciate everyone’s support!

Persimmon Homes South Yorkshire is backing darts to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £20,000, £50,000 or £100,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes.

The life-changing funds will go towards All Aboard – a programme for children and young people with disabilities and their families to promote independence, offer exciting creative activities and provide opportunities to express themselves.

This significant funding will enable darts to expand the programme, increasing activity and enabling more disabled children to benefit.

Ben Parkinson, a former soldier recovering from serious injuries, shared his experience with us and spoke about the importance of programmes like All Aboard:

“When I was injured, one of the main things that my family worried about was what I would be able to do when I came home. Everything had changed but I still had a life to live.

“I was lucky, being part of the army family I was given opportunities to push myself and do things I never dreamt of.

“All disabled people want this, the chance to do everything, and say everything. It’s especially important for children and young people as they haven’t had the experiences or made memories. It’s also very important that families know that their loved ones get everything possible from life.

“So I think darts and the All Aboard programme is so important. I’d love to think that everyone got the chances and opportunities that they need. Disabled people don’t just want to survive they want to live!”

The Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures scheme is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport.

Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Foundation enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting has begun and will close at midnight on September 27.