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Good causes shared 125,000 pounds from LBS Foundation in 2018

Leeds Building Society Foundation donated £126,353 to charities around the UK to help relieve hardship and suffering during 2018.

The funds helped 140 separate charity projects aimed to benefit service users in a variety of ways, including purchasing new equipment, improving facilities, investing in infrastructure and enhancing the services provided to people relying on their local charities for help.

The donations in 2018 take the total funding provided by Leeds Building Society Foundation to worthy causes to more than £1.9m since it was established in 1999, with the money benefiting almost 2,800 UK-based charities.

Gary Brook, Head of Corporate Communication and a Leeds Building Society Foundation Trustee, said: “Supporting the communities in which our colleagues and members live and work is very important to us and is something we know is important to our members.

“The Leeds Building Society Foundation donated more than £125,000 in 2018, supporting 140 charities across the UK to fund important projects as we know that together we can make a positive difference.  

“Last year’s donations take the total funding for UK charities to more than £1.9m since 1999, which has benefitted almost 2,800 UK-based charities.

“We’re already receiving applications for our next round of funding in March and we’re looking forward to breaking the £2m barrier in 2019.”

The Leeds Building Society Foundation is funded by the Society and its members via the Your Interest in Theirs scheme*. It primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

To apply for funding, charities should visit the Leeds Building Society website.


Notes to Editors

* Members can opt-in to donate the pence of their interest, which is split equally between Leeds Building Society Foundation and the Society’s national charity partner Samaritans.

Leeds Building Society 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 Foundation has donated more than £1.9 million to worthy causes across the UK and has helped almost 2,800 charities since its inception.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK in Gibraltar and has assets of £19.5bn at 30 June (£17.3bn at 30 June 2017). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.