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Dudley Building Society awards funding to community groups across the Black Country

Dudley Building Society awards funding to community groups across the Black Coun

15th February 2019

Dudley Building Society has granted funding to organisations in and around the Black Country. The Society received a staggering amount of applications for the fourth year of its ‘Community Support Fund’, where a total of £4000 was on offer to charities and projects across the community. All of the applications were taken through a thorough selection process and seven organisations were selected to receive funding. The donations were presented by employees at the Society’s Dudley branch on 8th February 2019.

Chief Executive, Jeremy Wood comments ‘In our 160th year as a mutual organisation, we are still committed to developing strong, ongoing links in the community. The Community Support Fund allows us to continue adding value to the communities in which we serve.’

One of the successful applicants White House Cancer Support, a charity based just around the corner from the Dudley branch, will use the funding to continue providing a range of services for Cancer patients. The charity is one of two organisations who received the higher amount of £1600. With over 70 dedicated volunteers, the charity provides an extensive list of services including bespoke one to one support, transportation to appointments and medical clinics.

Kate Kelly, Fundraising Development Officer at the charity said ‘We are extremely grateful for the support from Dudley Building Society. It is great to see a local organisation supporting a local charity and we thank them for their generous donation.’

Sycamore Adventure was also selected to receive £1,600. Located in Dudley, the popular multi- award winning adventure playground was visited by 30,000 people last year. With 22% of visits from disabled children, the charity will use the funding to provide specialised therapeutic sensory bean bags for those with complex needs. For some children, having access to these bean bags is the only time they can leave their wheelchairs. ‘We are really excited about receiving the donation and delighted with the prospect of working with the Society in the future’ commented Moira Shaw, Chair at Sycamore Adventure.

Five other organisations were awarded £160 which will be used for the following purposes:

Fast Aid Black Country – to purchase mobile projectors that will enable them to deliver more Heartstart courses across the Black Country

Leslie’s Care Packages for the Homeless – to provide care packages for the homeless

Wolverley Animal Centre – to put towards building an enclosure for two meerkats from Dudley Zoo

Here for you – to continue running a support group for bereaved families who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death

Edwards Trust – to provide a Creative Expressions of Grief group for young people aged 4 to 17

These donations symbolise the Society’s record breaking 160th year, in which successful Interim figures were reported and strong member feedback has been consistently received. The Society has recently been shortlisted for several awards including ‘Best Building Society’ at The Mortgage Awards 2019 and ‘Customer Service Champion’ at the British Bank Awards 2019.

If you are interested in hearing more about the successful applicants or you would like to learn about opportunities for funding in the future, email marketing@dudleybuildingsociety.co.uk



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