Pot of money up for grabs

Launch of the Small Change Big Difference charity campaign at Yorkshire Building Society, Brighouse.'From the left, Sarah Metcalf, Gemma Brearley, Ben Dobson and Pushpa Dale.
Launch of the Small Change Big Difference charity campaign at Yorkshire Building Society, Brighouse.'From the left, Sarah Metcalf, Gemma Brearley, Ben Dobson and Pushpa Dale.

THREE Brighouse charities will benefit from a share of £1,000 but how much each charity gets is up to the public.

Yorkshire Building Society in Bethel Street, has launched a community initiative, The Charity Choices programme, to support the good causes that are important to the area.

The Brighouse branch has selected Overgate Hospice, Friends of Highbury School and Brighouse Rest Centre to benefit from a share of the cash.

Existing customers and members of the public are invited to call in to the bank and vote for their favourite charity to receive a cash donation.

The branch is one of 43 branches across the Yorkshire region offering the cash to three charities nominated by the staff.

The number of votes received by each charity by Friday, June 22, will determine the amount of money each receives.

The one with the most votes will receive a £500 donation, in second place £300 and in third place £200.

The event is being supported by the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation – the focal point of the Yorkshire’s charitable giving.

The Charitable Foundation is funded by the Yorkshire’s innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme, where members donate the pennies from the interest they receive on their Yorkshire accounts just once a year to make a big pot of money.

Members are then invited to nominate charities important to them to receive support.

The Small Change, Big Difference scheme largely funds the Foundation and has helped it to donate around £800,000 to over 300 local charities over the last decade in the Yorkshire region alone.

Manager of the Brighouse branch, Kathryn Hall, said: “Pennies make pounds and small change can make a big difference to local charities, especially here at the Yorkshire. My team has chosen three Brighouse charities that are important to our local community and we’re putting the decision on the amount of money received by each into the hands of that community.

“It’s your community, your vote and your Yorkshire and we’re hoping people will call in to get involved.”

The Brighouse branch is one of the first to launch the initiative and other branches will be running the scheme throughout 2012.