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Housebuilder’s donation provides boost for Walsall man’s expedition dreams

Submitted by on May 13, 2020 – 8:00 am |

Persimmon Homes flag - landscapeA Walsall teenager has received £1,000 from a regional housebuilder to help fund an expedition to Tanzania next year.

Ashley Yates was awarded the donation by Persimmon Homes West Midlands through its Community Champions scheme. Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals.

Ashley, aged 17 who is studying A Levels at Bloxwich Academy, hopes to join Camps International Tanzania Trek next year for a four-week expedition in which he will help improve the infrastructure of rural villages and make a positive impact on the surrounding area..

He said: “I am raising money as five of us from my school are hoping to take part in the expedition. During our time there, we will be living and working alongside local people to help improve their quality of life by building huts and schools, providing them with clean water and helping to maintain their livestock.

“Hopefully, if everything goes ahead as planned, it will be an incredible experience where we can learn about another culture and help people as well. I am very gratefully to Persimmon Homes West Midlands for their support,” added Ashley, of Rochester Croft.

“Hopefully when things return to normal, I can also organise fundraising activities such as non-school uniform days and bake sales to boost the fundraising further.”

David Greengrass, head of sales for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Ashley in such a worthwhile expedition and hope that his plans can come to fruition.”

For the foreseeable future, Community Champions, which has run since 2015, will be targeted at over-70s groups with two donations of up to £1,000 available every month in the region.

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity or organisation, visit

Persimmon Homes has also committed to supporting under-18s through its Building Futures programme which has just re-launched. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.

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