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Sense celebrates 10,000 pound donation

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 make a £10,000 donation to Sense.  

The funds were used by Sense to to purchase sensory equipment for its sensory room.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Leeds Building Society’s Charitable Foundation,” said Anne Telling, Sense Operations Manager North.

“Their funding has been critical to providing people at Sense with a range of stimulating sensory equipment which meets their needs in a variety of ways.

“The equipment we have been able to purchase from the donation includes an illuminating vibrating ballpool which allows people to maximise the use of their residual senses whilst also providing a calming effect.

“Our new double therapy rocker and accessible swing allows them to be stimulated by movement in a shared way which, because of their mobility, isn’t easy to achieve.”

Gary Brook, Leeds Building Society’s Head of Corporate Communication, said: “Adults and children with disabilities are a pressing issue in society so I’m delighted the Foundation has been able to make this donation to support Sense.

“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) are Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation trustees David Marsh and Peter Chadwick, Sense service user Jackie Scott, Charitable Foundation trustee Michael Garnett, Sense Registered Care Manager Sarah Graham, and Sense Resource Centre Manager Sarah Hobson.

Sense is a national charity that has been supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind for the last 60 years. There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. It runs services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and employs 2,000 people, most of whom work in services directly with deafblind people. Its patron is HRH The Princess Royal. Further information can be found on Sense’s website - 

Situated in Rotherham, Ashley Court Resource Centre provides services for people who are deafblind or have a sensory impairment with additional disabilities.

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.