Newbury Building Society supports charity partners with emergency £30,000 donation

Newbury Bulding Society brought forward its annual donations to charity partners, which are usually made at the end of each calendar year, as an emergency measure to support their work and services during this difficult time. The donations are to help bridge gaps in funding caused by the cancellation of several of the charities key fundraising events.

The charities receiving support include: Helen & Douglas House, Alton Food Bank, St Michael’s Hospice, Prior’s Court Foundation, Newbury Cancer Care, Friends of PICU, Sue Ryder Wokingham and Alzheimer’s Society.

Roland Gardner, Chief Executive of Newbury Building Society said: “The Society is pleased to be able to help our charity partners with early payment of this year’s donations. In such unusual times, anything we can do to support our local charities is so important to us. But let me also say that it is really the generosity of our members, the ones who save in our charity account, who provide the bulk of the money raised. They are the real heroes.”

Karen White, Head of Fundraising at Prior’s Court Foundation said: “We welcomed the ‘early’ support as our main fundraising event is under threat and other fundraising plans have been totally thrown off course. The offer from Newbury Building Society is extremely helpful and we were delighted to accept their assistance.

Zena Jones, Community Fundraiser at Alzheimer’s Society commented: “Thank you so much to Newbury for making a significant proportion of next year’s donation now. Like many other charities we have certainly been hit financially by the pandemic and having this donation will make a huge difference to our work now and during this crisis.”

Helen Milroy, Director of Operations at Newbury Cancer Care added: “We’re grateful for all the fantastic support that Newbury Building Society have given us over the years, and especially the huge part the Newbury and Thatcham branches have played in leading the fundraising on our behalf.

Support also available for small community groups

The Society also provides financial assistance to small local groups through its Community Support Scheme. It is currently welcoming applications from small community groups based in the Society’s branch towns.

Applications from charities/organisations that may be helping vulnerable people who are self-isolating, supplying items for foodbanks, or alleviating the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures in branch towns are particularly welcomed and can be made through the Newbury Building Society website. The next application deadline is Sunday 3 May and typically award amounts are between £100 – £500.

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