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Leeds celebrates 10,000 pound donation to OPAL

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation has donated more than £1.5 million to worthy causes across the UK since its inception in 1999.

Part of the celebrations for reaching this major milestone saw the Charitable Foundation that carries the Society’s name make a £10,000 donation to OPAL, a Leeds-based charity which supports isolated and lonely older people.

The majority of these funds were used by OPAL to update its community café including new fittings, TV, coffee machine and fridge. The remainder was spent on boiler repairs.

Ailsa Rhodes from OPAL said: “The donation from Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation was an enormous boost, came at a crucial point and meant we could refurbish the community café ready for our opening.

“Their support will have a significant impact on the lives of the people who use our community café, and their families, for years to come.”

Luke Wellock, Leeds Building Society’s Corporate Responsibility Manager, said: “Social isolation is a pressing issue in society. I’m delighted the Foundation has been able to make this donation to support OPAL.

“The Society and our members fund Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation, and this donation fits with our firm commitment to doing what’s right for our members, colleagues and communities.”


Notes to Editors

Pictured (L-R) at OPAL’s Community Café are Luke Wellock, Judy McDonnell (volunteer), Shelley Clark (café worker) and Ailsa Rhodes.

OPAL aims to reduce loneliness and isolation of older people living in Leeds 16, as well as improving the quality of their lives by enabling them to live independently, safely and healthily. The charity gives direct support to 700 older people.

OPAL’s Welcome In Community Centre is at 55 Bedford​​ Drive, Leeds, LS16 6DJ. Their website is

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation was established by Leeds Building Society in 1999 to support UK charities committed to relieving hardship and suffering, or their direct consequences, and awards grants of up to £1,000 to good causes based or operating near Society branches and offices.

The Charitable Foundation has donated more than £1.5 million to worthy causes across the UK and has helped more than 2,000 charities since its inception.