Equi-Power was set up in 2015, following the devastating closure of the Bannockburn Riding form the Disabled (RDA) group, which provided activities with horses for 350 disabled people per year. This small but ambitious charity 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 is backing Equi-Power 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.
David James representing Equi-Power 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.”
With very limited resources Equi-Power has provided life changing activities with horses for 60 people per year, with the support of over 50 volunteers. Winning one of the big prizes will help this award-winning young social enterprise to build facilities on a site they are leasing from Stirling Council, which will help them grow in a sustainable way, both environmentally and financially.
He added: “Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to https://www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/ and select Equi-Power central Scotland RDA and vote for us we would really appreciate everyone’s support.”
Building Futures 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 will close at midnight on September 27.
To support Equi-Power please visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/