Persimmon Homes South Coast release
3 October 2012


A Hampshire charity has narrowly missed out on winning a brand new house from a national housebuilder.

But New Milton based charity Pilgrim Bandits did scoop a £6,000 runner up prize in the competition to celebrate Persimmon Homes’ 40th birthday.

Pilgrim Bandits was one of 24 charities competing by public vote for the three bedroom detached house in Andover valued at £250,000. The winner of the competition, The Harley Staples Trust, was announced during a glittering birthday lunch at Kensington Roof Gardens on Thursday.

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, spokesman for Pilgrim Bandits, said “It’s hard to be disappointed when the house went to such a worthy charity – we came away with a very welcome £6,000 which we plan to use for a number of expeditions for service men during 2013.”
Andrew Golawski, managing director of Persimmon Homes South Coast, said: “In total, Persimmon Homes had more than 3,500 nominations for the competition, so for Pilgrim Bandits to make the final was a brilliant achievement.”

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

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Issued by Connect PR for Persimmon Homes South Coast. For more information please contact Caroline Garbett or Sam Taylor on 01902 714957 or email /
Picture caption – Left Deborah Risbridger, centre Pilgrim Bandits, Lance Bdr Ben Parkinson Patron of Pilgrim Bandits. Mike Farley, CEO Persimmon Homes Right: Andrew Golawski, MD South Persimmon Homes.