So­ci­ety’s vote is a grand ef­fort for causes

Small change will make a very big dif­fer­ence to three cho­sen char­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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.­i­ta­ble­foun­da­tion

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).

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