YBS donates funds to Foxton Centre in Preston

Building society members have helped to fund a new piece of equipment for a community cafe in Preston.

Monday, 11th June 2018, 5:50 pm
Steve Robinson and Nicola Dickinson from YBS with Foxton Centre volunteers and Jeff Marsh, chief executive of The Foxton Centre

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) Charitable Foundation has donated £1,000 to The Foxton Centre, which supports rough sleepers and vulnerable adults.

The money will be used to buy a new steriliser for its kitchen.

The Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help smaller charities around the UK.

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The Foxton Centre’s community cafe offers people a comfortable, safe space where they can get a nutritious and affordable meal, socialise and take advantage of a variety of organised activities, such as accredited life skills training, arts and crafts projects and social activities.

Jeff Marsh, chief executive of The Foxton Centre, said: “We are delighted to have received the donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation. This funding will enable us to continue to provide our community cafe. We are so grateful to the staff at the Society’s Preston branch, who took the time to reach out to our charity and to the Charitable Foundation for their support.”

Clients of the community cafe are also able to access support from a team of community social workers, project workers and students, who work with small case-loads, offering intensive daily support to people with complex needs.

Steve Robinson, manager of the YBS’s Preston branch, said: “The Charitable Foundation is funded by our members and I know they would be as proud as I am to be able to support such a wonderful cause.

“We strongly believe in supporting the charities which make a difference in our communities and this is a perfect example of how our members’ small change can make a big difference.”