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Added on: 13th September, 2017 by Samantha_10597
A regional housebuilder has joined the campaign to celebrate the history of the former Vulcan Works by positioning an old locomotive at the entrance to the former site.
Persimmon Homes North West has donated £1,000 to the Newton and Earlestown Community Group (NECG) which is aiming to raise £25,000 for the project.
The Vulcan Works was one of the biggest locomotive manufacturers and exporters in the world between 1830 and 2002. The site is now a mixed development of housing and leisure facilities.
Vice chairman of the community group, Newton councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron, said: “We sourced the last ever loco made at the works and want to put it on display at the site entrance where we believe it will be a fitting tribute to the town’s history.
“We have already raised £18,000, so we are incredibly grateful to Persimmon Homes for this significant donation.”
The NECG applied to Persimmon to become one of their monthly Community Champions, and was selected to receive the donation as part of the match-funded scheme. The scheme invites local groups and charities to bid for cash from a £750,000 national fund, with two donations of up to £1,000 being made locally each month.
Dave Hodgson, Sales Director of Persimmon Homes North West, said: “We feel very much a part of this project, as our Vulcan Park development is now providing much needed homes to former staff of the Vulcan Works and their families.
“A restored locomotive seems to us a fitting nod to the heritage of the site, and we are delighted to contribute to a project that is set to restore such an iconic part of local history.”
Community groups, charities and good causes across the Merseyside and the North West have benefitted thanks to donations from Persimmon Homes. Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity