Daft as a Brush is our charity of the year in the North East
Colleagues at Leeds Building Society’s branches in the North East have chosen Daft as a Brush cancer patient care as their charity of the year for 2016.
This local charity provides free transport to and from hospital for people with cancer.
Society colleagues in the region have pledged the results of all their fundraising activity this year to help Daft as a Brush, and will be tackling a variety of challenges to bring in the cash.
This includes 10 colleagues from across Leeds Building Society’s North East branches taking part in a cycle ride in July between the mutual’s branches in Morpeth, Durham, Blyth, Whitley Bay, North Shields, South Shields, Wallsend, Newcastle and Chester-le-Street.
Other fundraisers planned through the year include coffee mornings, sponsored slims, raffles, cake sales and tombolas.
Society members have already donated cash after supporting the balloon release which launched the charity’s fundraising River Tyne Trail Walk earlier this month.
Peter Stoten, Co-ordinator at Daft as a Brush, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our local Leeds Building Society branches have chosen to support Daft as a Brush this year.
“It costs us almost £25,000 to offer staffed custom-made vehicles to transport hospital outpatients, free of charge, for chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment.
“We were launched around six years ago and are totally reliant on donations, not receiving any government funding, so without the generosity of the local public and business community we wouldn’t be able to provide our vital service.”
Diane Newall, from Leeds Building Society’s branch in South Shields, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting Daft as a Brush cancer patient care throughout 2016.
“As a building society, we are owned by our members and are pleased to support good causes in the communities where we and our members live and work.”
Notes to Editors
Pictured, L-R, outside Leeds Building Society’s South Shields branch are Verena Harrigan (Morpeth), Diane Newall (South Shields), Lynn Mitchenson (Chester-Le-Street) and Mandy Forster (South Shields and Chester le Street).
Leeds Building Society’s South Shields branch is at 42 Fowler Street, South Shields, NE33 1PG.
Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment.
Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £13.5bn (at 31st December 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.