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Guide Dogs is our charity of the year in the North East

Colleagues at Leeds Building Society’s branches in the North East have chosen Guide Dogs as their charity of the year for 2015.

Society colleagues in the region have pledged the results of all their fundraising activity this year to help the charity, and will be tackling a variety of challenges to bring in the cash. This includes two of the mutual’s regional managers taking part in the Great North Run in September.

Also, the Society’s North East branches in Morpeth, Durham, Blyth, Whitley Bay, North Shields, South Shields, Wallsend, Newcastle and Chester-le-Street, and the Society’s processing centre at Silverlink Business Park, will be selling Guide Dogs pin badges throughout the year.

Other colleague initiatives planned at these branches include raffles, cake sales and coffee mornings.

Furthermore, all Leeds Building Society North East branches will be taking part in a joint fundraising initiative between 3rd and 10th October to coincide with National Guide Dogs Week.

Pippa Turner, from Guide Dogs in the North East said: “We are absolutely delighted that our local Leeds Building Society branches have chosen to support Guide Dogs this year.

“It costs us almost £50,000 to support each guide dog partnership and Guide Dogs don’t receive any Government funding for the service.

“Without the generosity of the local public and business community we wouldn’t be able to provide our life-changing mobility services to people in the North East suffering from sight loss.”


Notes to Editors

Guide Dogs promises to supply every guide dog owner with a dog for as long as they need one. Some people may need eight dogs in their lifetime.

For more information on Guide Dogs please contact their Newcastle office on 0845 372 7423.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 30 June 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886