Society’s vote is a grand effort for causes
Small change will make a very big difference to three chosen charities
THREE charities in Chalfont St Peter have received £1,000 between them thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society’s Small Change, Big Difference campaign.
Child Bereavement UK was first in the public vote, at the society’s village branch in High Street, to secure a £500 donation.
Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre finished in second to win £300, and Chiltern Open Air Museum came third to collect £200 after the two-week campaign where local people were asked to vote for who they wanted to receive the biggest share of the pot.
The vote, as part of the Charity Choices campaign, was supported by the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, which is funded by the Small Change, Big Difference scheme where members donate pennies from the interest they receive on their accounts, just once a year, to help charities and good causes in their communities.
Steve English, manager of the Yorkshire’s Chalfont branch, said: “We had a brilliant response to the campaign from members, local shoppers and residents, but of course the real winners here are the charities – all of whom do a fantastic job of providing invaluable support in our local community.
“Because each and every vote helped secure pounds for the charities, it felt right that the decision of splitting the money was put in the hands of our members and local people.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for coming in to our branch during the voting period to make their vote count – I’m sure the money will make a real difference locally.”
A total of 157 branches and agencies around the UK took part in the 2016 Charity Choices campaign in May, donating £157,000.
For more about the Small Change Big Difference® scheme and the Charitable Foundation, visit www.ybs. co.uk/charitablefoundation
GRATEFUL BENEFICIARIES: From left, Matthew Bradley-Barker, Richard Berman (Chiltern Open Air Museum), Liz Hughes (Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre), Linda Bliss (Child Bereavement UK), Stacey Males and Steve English (branch manager).