Society cash is up for grabs

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The Brighouse branch of Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) is putting £1,000 donated by its members up for grabs to three local charities.

Colleagues at the branch on Bethel Street are inviting people to call in and vote for their favourite to decide how the money will be split.

The charities in line for a cash boost are: SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death and Injury), The Faye Knowles Foundation and the National Children’s Centre.

The charitable campaign will launch on Friday, February 13, and run for two weeks. The number of votes received for each charity by Friday, February 27, will determine the amount of money each receives.

The one with the most will receive £500, second place will get £300 and £200 will go to the charity in third place.

The campaign is being supported by the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, which is funded by YBS’s innovative community scheme, Small Change Big Difference.

More than 860,000 members of the society donate the pennies from the interest they receive on their accounts, just once a year.

Benjamin Merritt, manager of the Brighouse branch of YBS, said: “We know how important our chosen three charities are to our local community so we’re delighted to be making a donation to help them continue their important work.

“Just how much they receive though will be up to our customers and members of the public.

“In this campaign votes equal pounds so we hope as many people as possible will take a minute to pop in and make their vote count.”

In total £35,000 will be shared between 105 charities throughout Yorkshire and The Humber during Yorkshire Building Society’s 2015 Charity Choices campaign.

In 2014, the charitable foundation made 2,189 donations to good causes and charities in the UK totalling £464,000.