Mayor’s charity receives £1,000 boost

Pictured at the cheque presentation, from left to right,: Barry Tither, fund-raiser; Val Mullarkey, Persimmon Homes; Kelly Wellens, founder of Jensons Twinkle Stars; Jeanette and Dave Banks, Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens; Carol Tither, fund-raiser.
Pictured at the cheque presentation, from left to right,: Barry Tither, fund-raiser; Val Mullarkey, Persimmon Homes; Kelly Wellens, founder of Jensons Twinkle Stars; Jeanette and Dave Banks, Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens; Carol Tither, fund-raiser.

The Mayor of St Helens has received a cheque for £1,000 from one of the UK’s largest housebuilders for his nominated charity, Jenson’s Twinkle Stars.

Val Mullarkey, sales manager from Persimmon Homes North West, was on hand to present the cheque to Councillor Dave Banks as part of the company’s Community Champions scheme.

Community Champions is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of over £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide Persimmon will donate a total of £750,000.

Representing Earlestown, Councillor Banks became mayor in May and chose Jenson’s Twinkle Stars as his charity for the year. Based in St Helens, the charity supports children who have been bereaved, giving them and their families counselling, support, respite, trips out and the opportunity to meet and talk with others who have had the same experience.

Councillor Banks said: “I am thrilled that Persimmon Homes has chosen Jenson’s Twinkle Stars to be a one of its Community Champions. It is a truly amazing charity doing wonderful work to provide support to bereaved children and their families.

“We have lots of fund-raising events planned throughout my year in office, including the Mayor’s Christmas Ball, a race night, golf day and our Christmas card appeal. Persimmon’s £1,000 of match funding will be a real boost to our overall total and we can’t thank them enough.”

Jenson’s Twinkle Stars is a non-profit organisation set up in memory of Jenson Rigby who was still born in December 2011. Its aims are to provide support to bereaved children and their families, ensuring their stars shine bright forever.

Dave Hodgson, sales director for Persimmon Homes North West, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer funding to Jenson’s Twinkle Stars which plays such a vital role helping young people affected by bereavement. We are happy to play our part in ensuring that Councillor Banks raises as much money as possible for his nominated charity.”

And he added: “Persimmon Homes North West has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always difficult to choose from so many worthy causes. If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity