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Aylesbury space charity could win slice of £1m

Aylesbury space charity could win slice of £1m

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 7:45am 10th August 2019.

An Aylesbury charity could win their share of a £1 million fund.

UK Astronomy is over the Moon to be shortlisted to win a share the cash supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win.

Persimmon Homes Midlands is backing UK Astronomy to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes.

Ross Hockham UK Astronomy's Founder said:

"It is a huge achievement and very humbling for UK Astronomy to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night."

"Our charity aims to encourage and assist amateur astronomers in their discovery of astronomy and collective contribution to knowledge. Last year we hosted more than 45 outreach events at schools and National Trust locations (not bad for a husband and wife team and a small group of dedicated volunteers)!

"We are fundraising to purchase a van that can be converted into a mobile observatory and also an inflatable planetarium, which costs up to £40,000.

"This would be our ultimate dream, to allow us to entertain and education school groups, brownies and scouts, etc, inspiring thousands of children and their families to look up to the skies."

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children's sport. 

Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon's 31 regional businesses and its head office.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Foundation enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting opened on July 23 and will close at midnight on September 27. 

You can support UK Astronomy here.

About UK Astronomy

UK Astronomy was set up by husband and wife team Ross and Frankie Hockham 5 years ago.

What started as a Facebook group has grown into a charity with over 4600 members online and hosting over 45 events a year.  

They receive no government funding and rely entirely on public donations.

Their main aim in 2019 is to raise enough money for a mobile observatory and inflatable planetarium.

You can help them reach, teach and inspire more people across the whole of the UK and bring the skies to you!

For more information please email Ross or Frankie Hockham at info@ukastronomy.org

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