A COMMUNITY project has received a generous donation which will make a "difference" to disadvantaged children in Bracknell.

Bracknell Bees School and Community Programme, which is part of Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey Club, has received £1,000 from housebuilder Persimmon Homes.

The money from the 'Building Futures' scheme will help buy equipment and resources to enable children to have a go at ice hockey and be introduced to the Bracknell Bees team.

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Kate Jones, who is the treasurer of the Bracknell Bees Community programme, aims to increase the involvement of all children participating in ice hockey.

She said: “To receive Building Futures funding is fantastic news – you have no idea what a difference this will make!

"We will use the funds towards purchasing equipment and resources that we can take out into the community, enabling children to have a go at the sport and be introduced to our team.”

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The not-for-profit organisation currently has more than 80 schools and 20 local community groups signed up to use its programme.

The months prior to lockdown were spent going out into the local community with the Bees’ mascot increasing visibility, which proved a great success.

Persimmon Homes aims to support community groups working with under-18s across education, arts, health and sport.

Rachel Faulkner, sales director for Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “We are extremely proud of the difference our Building Futures scheme can make to the grassroots organisations working every day within our local communities, and delighted to support Bracknell Bees School and Community Programme.”