A Leicester boxing club has hit a knockout donation after being gifted £1,000 from one of the UK’s biggest housebuilders.
Atlas Community Amateur Boxing Club received the donation from Persimmon Homes North Midlands, as part of the builder’s Community Champions scheme.
The club is run by a group of England Boxing qualified and register coaches and will use the money to purchase new kit and equipment. The club has been working alongside New Futures, a charity organistation that supports the health and welfare of women who have experienced violence in the past, ranging from harassment, robbery and physical assault.
Aysha Limbada, from the club, said: “We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes; this funding will ensure our members have enough equipment to continue their training.
“We have worked in partnership with New Futures to create a class that promotes self-defense, helping to build confidence amongst these individuals.
“It is important to bring these women together, helping to reduce isolation. build physical and mental strength and give them fighting spirit to enable them to deal with any of life’s more challenging situations.”
The group applied for funding via the Persimmon Homes Community Champions initiative. It is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
Nadine O’Dowd, sales director for Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this group.
“Our Community Champions scheme is a way of supporting worthy causes in the areas we build.
“It’s great to see this funding going to a sporting cause. Sport in general is extremely important and being able to support Atlas Community Amateur Boxing
Club, which actively engages people and promotes inclusive pathways for self-development and health, is really rewarding for us.”
For more information about Community Champions, visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/charity