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Leeds Building Society holds silent auctions for unique Samaritans Leeds Rhinos shirts

Leeds Building Society is hosting silent charity auctions at 11 of its branches to enable members to bid for unique Leeds Rhinos shirts.

The one-off shirts, all worn during the Leeds Rhinos’ Betfred Super League clash with St Helens in August, have Samaritans’ logo on the front of the shirt.

Leeds Building Society gifted its sponsorship of the shirts to Samaritans to help raise awareness of the charity’s work as part of a two-year partnership to raise £250,000 to enhance the technology available to Samaritans volunteers across the charity’s branches.

Silent auctions are now open in Society branches in Adel, Crossgates, Garforth, Harrogate, Leeds, Horsforth, Moortown, Morley, Ripon, Wetherby and Yeadon.

Members have until 1 November to place their bid for one of the 11 limited edition shirts and the lucky winners will be selected on 4 November.

Fundraising by Leeds Building Society members and colleagues surpassed the £250,000 target six months ahead of schedule.

Richard Fearon, Chief Executive Officer at Leeds Building Society, said: “By combining two of our key partnerships we have been able to raise awareness of mental wellbeing to a new audience.

“The project was a success, with players, fans and, our members and colleagues all coming together to support Samaritans and Leeds Rhinos on the night.

“Our silent auction is a way for our members to continue supporting our charity partnership and to own one of the limited edition shirts for themselves.”

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Notes to Editors

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 have 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 2018 it helped over 43,000 more people have the home they want and over 63,000 more people save for their future.