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Fairy Godmother Lynda accepts donation to help older people this winter

Actress, broadcaster and Age UK Ambassador, Lynda Bellingham took time out from her role starring as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella to accept a vital donation on behalf of Age UK from Leeds Building Society. These vital funds will go towards helping older people throughout the winter.

The presentation took place at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre where Lynda, Oxo advert star and Loose Women panellist, was appearing in panto. Lynda, who has a long standing relationship with Age UK, working tirelessly on campaigns such as the charity’s winter appeal Spread the Warmth, accepted the £19,635 donation from Paul Kaye, Leeds Building Society’s General Manager – Sales on behalf of the charity.

Paul Farthing, Director of Fundraising at Age UK said, “We are delighted with the donation and would like to thank Leeds Building Society for their support. The money will help directly fund services that tackle issues older people face during the harsh winter months; these include, dealing with sub-zero temperatures and making the choice between heating or eating.”

The £19,635 is a joint donation from Leeds Building Society’s Caring Saver and Your Interest in Theirs schemes. The first part of the donation, for £11,997.23, is from the Your Interest in Theirs scheme which works by members agreeing to forego up to 99p of their interest each year. These funds are then split equally between the Society’s four charity partners. The second part of the donation, worth £7,238.16, is from the mutual donating 1% of the average balances in all Caring Saver accounts equally between these same four charity partners.

Paul Kaye, Leeds Building Society’s General Manager – Sales said, “The Caring Saver is the kind of account that appeals to your head as well as your heart. It offers an attractive rate of interest whatever your investment, plus easy access to your money. Charity supporters often make donations straight out of their own pocket and that is where the Caring Saver is different, providing customers with a competitive rate of return on their savings and making a difference to people who really need it at the same time. It fits perfectly with our ‘Local Feel, National Presence’ ethos, local people helping national charities.”

The Fairy Godmother with Paul Kaye and a graphic which shows £19,235

(from left to right): Lynda Bellingham and Paul Kaye (Leeds Building Society).