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Vote now to boost Hartlepool Carers chance of winning share of £1million fund.

Hartlepool Carers is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win.

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

Christine Fewster, representing Hartlepool Carers said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.”

Hartlepool Young Carers provide support to carers aged from just five years old. Many young carers are providing around the clock support to loved ones.

Our goal is to ensure all children have the opportunity for a break from their caring role. Overnight breaks promote positive mental/physical health and support young people to fulfil their aspirations.Young carers are exhausted as they do not get regular breaks away to recoup and lack opportunities to engage in social opportunities.

It is our ambition to employ a worker to focus on early identification, ensuring children receive support from our whole community.

She added: “Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/ and select Hartlepool Carers and vote for us. We would really appreci­ate everyone’s support.”

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation. Through the scheme, 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 Commission enlisted the help of athletes Jason Kenny and Laviai Nielsen 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 opened on 27 July and will close at midnight on 18 September 2020.

To support Hartlepool Carers please visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/

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