PEOPLE and the communities we serve across four counties are at the very heart of all that we do as a mutual building society.
During 2016 Leek United raised and donated many thousands of pounds to charitable causes and organisations throughout the region.
The County Air Ambulance Trust has been one of our main beneficiaries for many years, and in June 2016 our savers helped to take the Society’s fundraising for the Trust sky-high, with a cheque for £40,510 – the largest single amount Leek United has ever donated to any charity!
That sum was made possible thanks to our popular Air Ambulance Affinity Account, taking the total directly raised by Leek United and its account holders to more than £125,000 since the account was launched in 2008.
Our members’ votes really count – and each year, we pledge a donation to charity for every vote cast and for each member questionnaire returned at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.
The proceeds are shared between the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice and the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, both based in Stoke-on-Trent.
When it comes to fundraising, our staff get in on the act too – individually and collectively – regularly taking part in a wide variety of charity events, including:
Our Leek Derby Street Branch team took steps – 41,370 of them (almost 20 miles!), to be precise – to raise funds for the national Sport Relief campaign, by using a pedometer to calculate how many footsteps they clocked up during a day’s business.
Mortgage Adviser Adam Sheldon set himself a May-rathon challenge to raise money for
cancer research by running 200 miles in May – the equivalent of approximately two
marathons per week – as part of Macmillan’s ‘OutRun May 2016’ event.
Customer Assistant Gemma Callear and her husband Steve cycled 150 miles coast-to- coast in the North of England over three days in June, in aid of Lucas’ Legacy, a charity which funds research
into childhood brain tumours.
Staff and business associates of Leek United battled it out on the fairways
of Leek Golf Club during the Society’s annual charity tournament, raising
more than £2,000 for Bloodwise, an organisation dedicated to improving the
lives of patients with all types of blood cancer.
Colleagues ‘fought dirty’ against cancer for the second year running this summer, by joining thousands of other women to jog, squelch and slide around a challenging 5k muddy course in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life ‘Pretty Muddy’ event, at Central Forest Park, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
Four Midlands hospices in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire benefit from the ‘feelgood factor’ of a special Leek United mortgage initiative.
Our ‘Feelgood Mortgage’ not only gives members the chance to apply for a suitable mortgage with the Society; after following the application process, they can also choose one of four charities to receive a cash donation from Leek United.
Children are the savers, homeowners and workforce of tomorrow, and the Society continues to develop its links with many local schools and colleges.
Our staff visit schools to teach youngsters the benefits of developing good saving habits from an early age; we also attend careers events to highlight opportunities for young people in the years to come, as well as providing regular work experience placements for students.
Leek United is the main sponsor of Leek & District Show – the premier agricultural event in our Staffordshire Moorlands heartland – which brings thousands of families and businesses together each year.
The Society recently extended its current support for the Show until 2022, further strengthening our long-running links with the event and guaranteeing its future into the next decade.
The Society first teamed up with Stoke City Football Club in 2014, for the launch of our hugely successful ‘Save and Support’ Affinity Account.
Since then, our relationship with the Club has continued to go from strength to strength, and was further extended during 2015, when Leek United became a main supporter of the Stoke City Community Trust.
Launched in 2008 – when Stoke City won promotion to the Barclays Premier League – the Trust is a major initiative aimed at making a difference to the lives of local people in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
It has grown from delivering football courses to becoming a leading provider of sporting, education and social programmes.
The Community Trust initiative matches Leek United’s own philosophy of supporting local groups, individuals and organisations, making a positive impact on people’s lives.