Charities Split the Difference

Three charities in Hampstead Garden Suburb are celebrating after walking away from the town’s Yorkshire Building Society with a generous donation.

The Society’s branch, on The Market Place, shared £1,000 between the charities after a public vote determined how the jackpot should be split during a fortnight voting period

North London Hospice received £500; Caring4Carers received £300 and Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust 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.

“The charities we chose provide invaluable support in our local community so we’re absolutely delighted to have been able to give them a cash boost with a share of £1,000,” said Dan Stephens, manager of the Hampstead Garden Suburb branch of Yorkshire Building Society.

“Because 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 residents. I can’t thank people enough for coming in to the branch during the voting period to make their vote count – I’m sure the money will make a real difference locally.”

Mike Freer, local Member of Parliament for Finchley and Golders Green, said: “I am delighted that three local organisations are receiving financial support. The work they do is valuable and for Yorkshire Building Society to recognise that is very welcome.”

The donation came from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, which 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.