Yorkshire Building Society Cheque Presentation, March 2015

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Dozens of charities across Huddersfield and Calderdale made a bid for funds under a scheme run by Yorkshire Building Society.

The society, which has its roots in Huddersfield, put 9,000 pounds donated by members up for grabs for three local charities.

Staff at nine branches in the area invited people to call in and vote for their favourite to decide how the money will be divided. Each branch had three charities to choose from – and whichever got the most votes in the branch received the biggest share of a thousand pounds.

The number of votes received for each charity by Friday, February 27, determined the amount of money each received. The charity with the most votes received 500 pounds, with the second-placed charity getting 300 pounds and the charity in third place - Huddersfield and District Army Veterans Association - getting 200 pounds.

The campaign was supported by Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, which is funded by the Yorkshire’s Small Change Big Difference community scheme. The cash is raised by more than 860,000 members of the Bradford-based society donating the pennies from the interest they receive on their accounts, just once a year.

Society area manager Andrew Kerry said: “We know how important our chosen charities are to our local community so we are delighted to be making a donation to help them continue their important work – just how much they receive though was up to our customers and members of the public. In this campaign, votes equal pounds and we hoped as many people as possible would take a minute to pop in and make their vote count.”

In total 35,000 pounds was shared between 105 charities throughout Yorkshire during Yorkshire Building Society’s 2015 Charity Choices campaign. In 2014, the charitable foundation made 2,189 donations to good causes and charities in the UK totalling 464,000 pounds.

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