Leek United Building Society has launched a campaign to raise £60,000 for three local charities whose funding has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
We are asking for donations from our staff and members of the public and will match every pound donated up to a maximum donation from Leek United of £30,000.
All funds raised will be split equally between Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands, Treetops Hospice, Derbyshire and East Cheshire Hospice, Cheshire.
Like many charities across the UK, their fundraising activities have been affected by the recently introduced lockdown and social distancing measures put in place to help keep everyone safe.
“As a mutual organisation, one of our core values is to give back to the communities we serve, especially during difficult times.
These charities do an amazing job but they face a challenge at the present time because many of the fundraising events they rely on for income have been cancelled. We want to help and we hope members of the public will support our fundraising campaign so that these charities can continue to provide vital services.”
Andrew Healy, Chief Executive
To donate online using our Virgin Money Giving page, please click here.
We have also set up a special account for those wishing to donate to this campaign:
Account Name: Charity Support, Leek United Building Society
Sort code: 40-05-30
Account number: 74578031
Roll or Reference number: 72644536105
Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated and can be made online using internet banking or by posting a cheque to Charity Support, Leek United Building Society, 50 St. Edward Street, ST13 5DL or to your local Leek United branch. Cheques should be made payable to Leek United Building Society - Charity Support.
Fundraising for the three charities will run until 31 May 2020.
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A charity that offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in the Staffordshire Moorlands' District.
To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.
Louise Walker, Senior Organiser at Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands, said:
“During the Covid 19 pandemic, Home-Start is continuing to provide support to families across the district largely through telephone and digital support.
Over this period, normal fundraising activities have been suspended to protect public health. Support from Leek United’s wonderful staff and customers would be hugely appreciated at this time to help maintain our service and the support we’re able to offer both now and in the longer term. In the current situation, people may find it easiest to donate online using their banking app or to send a cheque to Leek United.”
Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional support for anyone affected by a life-limiting illness or bereavement in Derby, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Treetops supports people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. It also supports their carers and families. All services are provided free of charge.
Laura McWha, Treetops corporate partnerships fundraiser said:
“We’re so grateful to Leek United Building Society for this amazing offer of support during a very challenging time. Any money raised will allow us to continue to offer a vital Hospice at Home nursing for patients at the very end of their life who wish to die at home."
"We wish them the best of luck with their fundraising efforts and want to say thank you from all of us at Treetops.”
Since 1988, East Cheshire Hospice has been caring for people suffering from life-limiting illnesses. They put patients, their carers and families at the centre of everything they do, providing expert medical treatment together with holistic care for all. They aim to improve overall quality of life with practical assistance, emotional and spiritual support. Their services are provided free of charge to those who need them.
Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice said:
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Leek United Building Society colleagues and members during these difficult financial times. Our amazing nurses are working tirelessly to ensure our In Patient Unit and Hospice Home services remain fully operational, but due to the closure of our retail stores and cancelled fundraising events we are anticipating a significant financial loss, and have launched our Now More Than Ever Appeal to try and recover some of this lost income.”