An award-winning charity supporting young people across the Solway Plain has received £1,000 funding from housebuilder Persimmon Homes.

Wigton-based North Allerdale Development Trust was selected for the donation from Persimmon's Building Futures scheme, which aims to support community groups working with under 18s across three categories, education, arts, health and sport.

Sandra Keaveny, NADT chief executive, said: "This grant from Persimmon Homes will help us to continue to provide this much needed service for our young people, especially those that are most vulnerable.

“Young people in Cumbria today can face many challenges in their social environments whether these be economic or other factors which can negatively contribute to their mental wellbeing and learning. The Early Intervention Programme seeks to address these before they reach crisis point."

Building Futures will see £1m given away across Britain to regional charities, groups, sports clubs and schools to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

In addition to hundreds of local donations of £1,000, 96 initiatives will go on to compete for top prizes of £100,000 through a national online public vote. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

Projects must make their applications to the Building Futures scheme at before the closing deadline of 31 May.

John Roocroft, managing director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “We are so proud of the difference our Building Futures scheme can make to the grassroots organisations working every day within our local communities.

“With so many chances to win vital funding for their projects, we urge charities, schools and sports clubs to apply online now.”