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Leeds Building Society launches Christmas card design competition

Leeds Building Society is offering children the opportunity to design its 2018 Christmas cards, with all proceeds from the sale of the cards going to Samaritans.

Entry forms can be collected from the Society’s Aberdeen branch, with the competition closing on 10 October. Entries will be split into two age categories – 5-11 and 12-18.

The two winning entries will be included in packs of cards available to buy at Leeds Building Society branches from 17 November.

The schools the two winners attend will each receive £250 to be spent on wellbeing initiatives and projects.

Richard Fearon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Leeds Building Society, said: “We believe the donation of all proceeds raised through our Christmas cards campaign demonstrates our commitment to Samaritans.

“The involvement of members and colleagues in our first national charity partnership has been incredible and we’re looking forward to receiving entries from children in the communities we operate in.”

Leeds Building Society is aiming to raise £250,000 for Samaritans by March 2020, with the funds being used to further improve the technology available to volunteers across the charity’s 201 branches.

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: "Christmas can be a tough time of year for many people. To see children and young people getting involved in this competition and using their creativity to help others is so inspiring.

"We're grateful to Leeds Building Society for their incredible fundraising this year. These Christmas cards will be extra special, helping to ensure that no one needs to feel lonely or isolated this Christmas - there will always be a Samaritans volunteer they can talk to."

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Notes to Editors

Samaritans 

Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. Or email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.

Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope.  Your money or your time could save a life. Find out how you can support us: http://www.samaritans.org/support-us

Leeds Building Society

Samaritans is at the heart of communities and so are we - Samaritans has hubs in 49 of the areas where we have branches.

Leeds Building Society has a target to raise £1.2m for charities and good causes by the end of 2020.

In 2017 it helped over 50,000 more people have the home they want and a record 71,000 more people save for their future.