A TROUPE of Somerset majorettes are twirling their way to new costumes thanks to a £1,000 donation.

The Merriott Majorettes have been handed the cash by Persimmon Homes South West through its Community Champions scheme.

And troupe leader Sarah Foley said the young people in the group were delighted to be able to buy new costumes after a difficult year.

“We are a majorette troupe based in Merriott & Crewkerne Somerset, and have been running for 24 years," she said.

"We teach girls and boys aged from four to 21 in baton, pom and military routines and compete in Devon and Dorset. We also take part in at least six carnivals a year.

“We are about to resume training again, but obviously we have struggled with fundraising this year and have not had any subs coming in over the last few months.

“This £1,000 donation will mean the world to the team. We will use the money for new costumes due to an influx in new members.

“We had our most successful year competing last year winning well over 200 awards and would like to continue this for next year and this gift will help us on our way.”

Stacey Harris, sales director for Persimmon Homes South West, based in Exeter, said: “We are delighted to be able to help fund the majorettes’ costumes for their competitions.

“The troupe is a great example of community spirit and it encourages discipline, team spirit and fitness.

“This is exactly what our Community Champions scheme is all about, supporting good causes to make a positive change in the areas we work and live. We are pleased that we have been able to offer our support.”

For more information or to apply for funding through Persimmon’s Community Champions please visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity