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yorkshirebuildingsocietyrydeCharities in the Ryde area have received a cash boost as part of celebrations to mark a milestone anniversary.

Yorkshire Building Society’s agency in Ryde joined celebrations to mark 150 years of the Society helping people save for their futures and buy their first homes, by calling on members of the public to nominate charities to receive donations of £100.

The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation marked the occasion by giving away £150,000 as part of its annual Make a Difference Week, and seven charities in the Ryde area have received a share of the anniversary donation.

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The charities benefitting, thanks to nominations from local residents received at the agency are:

  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Fair Haven Housing Trust
  • Ability Dogs 4 Young People
  • Headway Isle of Wight
  • Kerry Green Trust
  • Isle of Wight Riding for the Disabled Association
  • Isle of Wight Society for the Blind

Michael Ward, of the Yorkshire’s Ryde-based agency, Ward House Mortgages and Life, said:

“Our annual Make a Difference campaign is always very popular, but this year we’ve been able to support more charities than ever before thanks to the Charitable Foundation’s generous donation to mark the Society’s 150th anniversary.


“I’m delighted that seven worthwhile causes in our area are part of the hundreds of local charities the Society is supporting throughout the UK. It just continues to amaze me how there are so many good people doing voluntary work and these funds are so valuable to them in supporting their continued good work.”

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Headway will put the donation towards first aid courses for existing members and Ability Dogs 4 Young People will cover some of the costs associated with supporting a young person.

Make a Difference Week is only possible thanks to Yorkshire Building Society’s innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme, which enables members to donate the pennies from their annual interest on their savings and mortgages accounts each year to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

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