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Leeds volunteers support local hospice

Volunteers from Leeds Building Society’s York branch supported a family fun day to raise funds for a local hospice.

‘Paws for a cause’ is a sponsored dog walk around the university campus area in York and Heslington East, in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice.

The four colleagues from the York branch were taking advantage of the mutual’s volunteering scheme, which allows all Society employees a day’s paid leave annually to help a good cause of their choice.

“We marshalled at two different points during the walks - providing dog treats and water as well as giving the walkers directions,” said Natalie Metcalfe, Customer Service Adviser at the York branch.

“All who attended had a good day and commented on how we were achieving something worthwhile.”

Katie Jackson, event organiser from St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “It was a fantastic day, with over 170 dogs and their owners taking part in the event.

“So far we are on target to raise over £4,000 and this is thanks to our participants and volunteers such as Natalie, Lewis, Julie and Will from Leeds Building Society – we are very grateful for all their help and hard work on the day.”

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Pictures taken during 'Paws for cause' event

Pictures taken during 'Paws for cause' event

Pictures taken during 'Paws for cause' event

St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses.  

St Leonard’s Hospice is at 185 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1GL.

Leeds Building Society’s York branch is at 49 York Road, Acomb, York, YO24 4LN.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £15.9bn (at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.