Falkirk charity in the running for £100,000 of funding

House builder Persimmon has named PLUS (Forth Valley) as one of three finalists to claim the £100,000 top prize in its Building Futures initiative.

PLUS is one of the groups supporting young people which Persimmon Homes East Scotland has picked to represent the region – the others are Drake Music Scotland and Team East Lothian Athletics Club.

PLUS, which supports children with disabilities, will be representing the area in the health category.

The group believes children with disabilities have as much right as anyone else to an ordinary social life and aims to dispel the idea that disabilities prevent young people form having fun.

PLUS (Forth Valley) are one of three charities in the running to receive £100,000 from Persimmon's Building Futures initiative

The team provide opportunities for young people with additional support needs to develop independence from their parents and carers, while spending time with their peers and offers a choice of activities through a variety of different projects, all of which are tailored to meet the children’s emotional, physical and personal care needs.

Neil Parry, director of Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “Building Futures aims to create a lasting legacy for young people and the groups that support them.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response and it is clear there are a lot of very worthy causes supporting the younger generation and many local people working exceptionally hard to help them.

“We wish all three of our regional finalists the very best of luck.”

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there is a £50,000 payout for second place and £20,000 to the organisation which comes third.

Online voting runs until midnight on September 18.