Votes from residents in the Lynn area have helped three local charities walk away from the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society with a generous donation.
The Lynn branch in New Conduit Street, shared £1,000 between the charities after a public vote determined how the jackpot should be split during a fortnight voting period.
SERV Norfolk which transports blood and other medical items for the NHS received £500; Reach For A Star which helps children with life-threatening illnesses received £300; and the RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre received £200.
The cash giveaway was part of the branch’s commitment to help local good causes where the Society’s colleagues and members live and work.
Michelle Eaglen, manager at the King’s Lynn branch of N&P, said: “We had a brilliant response to the campaign from our members, local shoppers and residents, but of course the real winners here are the charities – all of whom do a fantastic job of providing invaluable support in our local community. “Because each and every vote helped secure pounds for the charities it felt right that the decision of splitting the money was put in the hands of our members and local people.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for coming in to our branch during the voting period to make their vote count – I’m sure the money will make a real difference locally.”
The donation is from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, which N&P is part of, and is funded by the Society’s innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme. This is where members donate just the pennies from the interest they receive on their Yorkshire accounts, which then creates a large amount of money that is shared between member nominated causes.
In our picture, representatives from the three chosen charities celebrate with colleagues from the Lynn N&P branch and network manager, Nigel Smith (far right).