Performing arts group celebrate cash boost

Double R Arts receive a Community Champions cheque from Persimmon Homes sales director Diane Finch.
Double R Arts receive a Community Champions cheque from Persimmon Homes sales director Diane Finch.

Wannabe performers have been given a cash boost in their quest for the big stage.

The Double R Arts community youth group, based in Leyland, have received a grant of £900 from housing developers Persimmon Homes.

The performing arts organisation was presented with the money through the developers Lancashire Community Champions scheme.

Beth Blenkinship, representative from Double R Arts said: “We have worked hard to raise funds to ensure successful running of the youth theatre, and we are very grateful to Persimmon Homes Lancashire. This donation will go a long way, allowing us to continue this project on throughout the summer.”

Diane Finch, sales director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “Our national match-funding programme seeks to support local groups and charities working to improve the quality of life or environment across the region.

“We are proud to be supporting the fundraising efforts of this excellent group, who are working hard to make a real difference to the community.”

Double R Arts is a youth organisation that operates weekly theatre sessions for young people in the community, helping to develop their confidence, interpersonal and team-work skills.

Beth added: “The group works with children and young people aged between seven -25 each week through five different sessions.

“These sessions have a positive impact on young people in the community, helping them to become more positive and believe in their own abilities.”

Persimmon Homes’ donation will help implement the group’s The 3 C’s project, exploring how the performing arts can encompass the group’s three core values: care, co-operation and consideration.

More information can be found on the website www.double-r-arts.org.uk