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Kirkby boxing club needs votes for charity giveaway

by Cathy Sheel

Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club is in line for a share of a £1 million charity giveaway – but the club needs online votes to win.

Kirkby ABC, based at Westvale Community Centre, is one of the regional finalists of the £1million Persimmon Homes Building Futures fund aimed at supporting under-18s across the UK. The fund will give cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 to the organisations with the most online votes.

John Lloyd, from Kirkby ABC said: “We’re so proud to be chosen as a regional finalist and it’s given everyone a massive boost. The last 18 months or so have been extremely challenging for charities and the voluntary sector across the UK, including ourselves, so we’d really appreciate if people would get behind us and start voting for us.

“If we could win any of the top three cash awards it would make a massive difference to the communities we support on a daily basis. In addition to our primary activity which is obviously boxing, we also have a wide range of youth and community service provision which is aimed at supporting community cohesion across the footprint where we operate.”

John added: “During October 2021, we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary, and it will be a great honour to announce at this event our potential success in this charity giveaway. If we were successful in winning any of the awards on offer, our intention is to further invest in our site, which includes a state-of-the-art accessible gym, a community annexe, an athletics track and a caged Astro-turfed multi use games area.”

Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association. As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting runs until midnight on November 19.

To support Kirkby ABC please visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/