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Miss Leeds accepts £22,000 donation for Variety, the Children’s Charity

Miss Leeds and two members of Leeds Building Society with cheque

Leeds Building Society presented Variety, the Children’s Charity with a cheque for £22,000 during the final regular season home game for Leeds Rhinos. Peter Hill, Leeds Building Society’s Chief Executive, presented the £22,000 cheque to Miss Leeds, Jacqueline Columbine, who accepted the donation on the charity’s behalf.

Jacquie won her Miss Leeds title at the age of 18 years old. She won a place in the Grand Final of Miss Dance of Great Britain 2012 and played a small role in a BBC1 Period Drama Series. The Miss England organisation has supported Variety for many years and in that time the contestants have raised £250,000 for the charity. Mike Haszko, Variety’s Interim Head of Fundraising, also attended the cheque presentation at Headingley Carnegie Stadium during the half time interval of the Rhinos game against Catalan Dragons.

The £22,000 donation has been made possible as Variety is one of the beneficiaries of the Leeds Building Society ‘Your Interest in Theirs’ scheme. This works by members agreeing to forego up to 99p of their interest each year and this money is then split equally between the Society’s four charity partners: Variety, the Children’s Charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Age UK and Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation. Leeds Building Society also donates 1% of the average balance in all Caring Saver Accounts which is shared equally between its four charity partners.

Laurence Davis, Variety Chief Barker, said “Many children and young people have the chance to experience a better childhood thanks to the support Variety receives from the generous members of Leeds Building Society. We are grateful to Leeds Building Society and its members for their continued support.”

Variety, the Children’s Charity, helps to meet the special needs of children who are sick, disabled and disadvantaged; they do this by providing Sunshine coaches, electric wheelchairs, special equipment and sensory toys as well giving thousands of children the opportunity to experience memorable days out. Variety has been helping children throughout the UK since 1949.

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Pictured above (from left to right) Peter Hill (Leeds Building Society Chief Executive), Jacqueline Columbine (Miss Leeds) and Mike Haszko (Variety’s Interim Head of Fundraising).

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £10.8bn (as at 30 June 2013). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.