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Leeds Building Society raises £11,000 for Hollybank Trust

Colleagues from Leeds Building Society have raised £11,000 towards communication equipment for a charity which supports visually impaired children.

Hollybank Trust will use this donation towards purchasing equipment allowing visually impaired children to improve their communication experience and gain more independence.

These funds were raised by colleagues from across the Society undertaking activities including cycling in the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, playing netball and eating very spicy chillies.      

Three Society colleagues visited Hollybank School in Mirfield to get an insight into the work undertaken by the charity.

Jeanette Cartwright, Customer Liaison Manager at Leeds Building Society, said: “Most of the children at Hollybank are unable to speak, and some are visually impaired, but the staff use big coloured buttons with pre-recorded messages on to help each child engage with the group. These big buttons are also programmed to activate their electronic devices, lights and games encouraging them to be as independent as they can.

“The atmosphere at Hollybank is always happy and cheerful, the enthusiasm and compassion the carers show each child is overwhelming.

“It makes me feel proud that the funds raised by my colleagues have helped to make every day experiences, which we take for granted, into new and exciting ones for the children,” said Jeanette.


Susan Marsden, Partnerships Fundraiser at Hollybank Trust, said: “Everyone at Hollybank Trust would like to thank our supporters at Leeds Building Society for this generous donation, which will be used to help fund Assistive Technology projects in our Elms facility.

“This involves the ongoing redevelopment of the former children’s residential area into a multi-purpose facility which will be shared by Hollybank Trust’s School, children’s residential home and adult residents.

“It will include sensory environments, multimedia rooms, safe spaces, soft play areas, art, craft and hobby workshops, music therapy, recycling and enterprise activities, meeting and activity rooms all in one place.”


Notes to Editors

Tony Raine and Jeanette Cartwright from Leeds Building Society are pictured (back row, 2nd from left and far right) alongside Hollybank staff and students.

Tony Raine and Jeanette Cartwright from Leeds Building Society are pictured (back row, 2nd from left and far right) alongside Hollybank staff and students.       

Hollybank Trust is at Hollybank School, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 0DQ.

Hollybank’s ethos encourages the individuality of all their residents. They support and educate over 100 children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities in their special school, residential homes and adult daytime activities programme.

*The Colleague Charity Group at Leeds Building Society is a focus for charitable fundraising supported by colleagues. The charities, chosen after a vote by colleagues, are currently Alzheimer’s Society, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Great North Air Ambulance and Hollybank Trust.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £13.5bn (at 31 December 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.