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Almost £10,000 donated by Leeds Building Society after AGM voting

Members have raised £9,788 for Leeds Building Society’s charity partners by casting votes as part of its annual general meeting (AGM).

The Society donated 10p for every paper vote and 20p for every online vote returned, with members able to choose between the Society’s charity partner Samaritans and Leeds Building Society Foundation.

A total of £5,775 was raised for Samaritans. The remaining £4,013 will go to Leeds Building Society Foundation, which donates up to £1,000 in registered charities around the UK to support community-based projects.

Richard Fearon, Leeds Building Society’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The AGM was my first as CEO and the event gave the board members and I an opportunity to hear directly from our members on a variety of topics.

“As a building society, owned by our members and run in their interest, it’s important we listen to their views.

“Our members played an important role in choosing Samaritans as our first national charity partner, so it’s great that we’ve raised so much for the charity as a results of votes cast during the AGM.

“We also know investing in the communities where we operate is vital to our members and the money donated to Leeds Building Society Foundation will ensure we can continue to provide funds for more local charities to continue their work.”


Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK and in Gibraltar and has assets of £19.4bn at 31 December 2018 (£18.5bn at 31 December 2017). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.

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.


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