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Yorkshire Building Society, on High Street West, joined branches across the country to celebrate 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 £100.

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

The charities benefiting, thanks to nominations from local residents are: 

  • National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
  • Alzheimer's Society
  • British Sjorgren’s Society
  • Fairy Bricks
  • Shelter for the Homeless

Clare Sutton, manager at the Sunderland branch, 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 five worthwhile causes in our area are part of the hundreds of local charities the Society is supporting throughout the UK and I’m sure the money will be used to make a positive difference in our community.”

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.

Julie said:

“I was delighted to be invited to Yorkshire Building Society’s Sunderland branch to meet representatives from the charities involved.

"I hope the money donated can help them to have a positive impact in our community.”

Julie helps Yorkshire Building Society donate to five local charities

Yorkshire Building Society, on High Street West, joined branches across the country to celebrate 150 years of the Society helping people save for their futures and buy their first homes,...

Julie visited Royal Mail’s Sunderland delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

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Julie was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Phil Shakespeare, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas.

Julie said:

“It was great to chat with our posties, many of whom I’ve met on previous visits to the site. 

"They work hard all year round to keep our postal service moving, however, their efforts during the festive period are particularly worthy of thanks and praise – they quite literally deliver Christmas to Sunderland. 

Phil Shakespeare, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at Sunderland, commented:

“Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people across Sunderland. We are grateful that Julie visited the office to see our operation and to support the team during our busiest time of year.

“We’d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings.” 

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

Second Class – Thursday 18th December

First Class – Saturday 20th December

Special Delivery – Tuesday 23rd December 

Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps: 

  • Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early. 
  • Use a postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.
  • Use Special Delivery – For valuable packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.
  • For more information about Royal Mail’s last recommended posting dates, please visit: www.royalmail.com or call 03457 740 740.

Helping Royal Mail Delivery Office with the Christmas rush

Julie visited Royal Mail’s Sunderland delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

On Saturday, Julie joined volunteers from the Trussell Trust, FareShare and Tesco to help encourage shoppers to donate food to support those in need this winter. 

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Despite the economic recovery, the latest figures show that demand for food banks has risen by 38% in the last year.  The Trussell Trust's own figures show that, as a result of low pay, 51,000 more people visited a food bank between April and September 2014 compared with the same period the previous year.

Julie said: 

"I'm obviously happy to help raise awareness of the campaign to collect food for those in need this Winter, however, the fact that we need foodbanks in Sunderland, and the wider UK, in 2014 is scandalous.

"Demand for foodbanks is rising whilst our economy is growing.  This illustrates that the Tory-led Government's recovery is only a recovery for the privileged few at the top.  It is not a recovery for those out of work or those in work who are seeing their bills go up every month whilst their wages are being reduced in real terms.

"The only way to tackle this problem is to vote Labour in May 2015."


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Tesco Neighbourhood Food Collection, Monkwearmouth

On Saturday, Julie joined volunteers from the Trussell Trust, FareShare and Tesco to help encourage shoppers to donate food to support those in need this winter. 


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