5th September 2012



A New Forest charity is one step closer to winning a house thanks to a national housebuilder.

New Milton based charity, Pilgrim Bandits, has been announced as one of Persimmon Homes’ 24 finalists who will all go in a public vote to try and win a brand new house worth up to £250,000.

The Pilgrim Bandits raise funds through challenges to support ex-serviceman and amputees. The group organises fundraising – and confidence-boosting – endurance and adrenaline adventures for members of the public and injured ex-servicemen.

Deborah Risbridger at Pilgrim Bandits, said: “We’re thrilled to be in the final twenty four and hope all of Hampshire votes for us to try and help us win the house.

“Pilgrim Bandits supports, with no sympathy, amputee service men and women by providing physically and mentally demanding expeditions. Members of the public are invited along as paying guest challengers to raise funds for the charity and to gain life-enhancing insight from these remarkable individuals.

“Recent examples have included; climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking across the Sahara, skydiving in Dubai, recreating the SAS Selection Challenge.  Imagine doing any of these but without both legs!

“These brave and highly trained individuals are then encouraged to work with schools and youth centres to inspire children and young people.”

The Pilgrim Bandits was selected ahead of 31 other charities to be the representative for Persimmon Homes South Coast region, and it will now go forward to compete against the housebuilder’s 23 other regions charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

The winner will be announced at a special birthday luncheon at the Kensington Roof Gardens on 27 September 2012.

The Pilgrim Bandits has already benefited from making the final, as all the finalists will receive a cash donation of £6,000 from Persimmon. The overall winner will win a brand new three bedroom detached house with garage valued at £250,000.

Rob Allen, sales director of Persimmon Homes South Coast, said:  “In total Persimmon Homes had over 3,500 nominations for the competition.

“We’re now calling on the general public to cast a vote on our website – – it would be a fantastic boost to a great charity, if Pilgrim Bandits was to win.”

Persimmon Homes was founded in 1972 by current life president Duncan Davison and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful housebuilder’s in the UK over the last 40 years.

To vote for your favourite charity to win, visit


Issued by Persimmon Homes (South Coast) by Connect PR. For more information contact Caroline Garbett or Sam Taylor on 01902 714957 or email /

Deborah Risbridger

Media, PR and Marketing

Pilgrim Bandits

Tel 01425 461600