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Bexley charity benefits from Yorkshire Building Society

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 May 2018

Maria Auletta from Yorkshire Building Society, Omar Eversley-Bispham, Tanya Harris and Sue Cumming from Mind in Bexley. Picture: Mind

Maria Auletta from Yorkshire Building Society, Omar Eversley-Bispham, Tanya Harris and Sue Cumming from Mind in Bexley. Picture: Mind

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Yorkshire Building Society members’ small change has made a big difference to a fundraising appeal by Mind in Bexley.

The charity, which provides a range of mental health support services, has received £500 from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to go towards its minibus appeal.

The programme 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.

The charity was recommended for the donation by colleagues at the Yorkshire’s branch in Bexleyheath Broadway.

The minibus will enable Mind in Bexley to open up their services to even more people in the area, allowing them to access a huge variety of resources including counselling, advocacy, skills workshops and support for carers.

The charity also has an allotment, an award-winning eco-therapy garden and a social enterprise café which is open to the whole community.

Dr David Palmer, chief executive of Mind in Bexley, said: “We were very grateful to receive this donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation which will help us get towards our goal of purchasing a minibus.

“We are very grateful for all donations towards the minibus and we hope to eventually fund a part-time driver.

“So far, we have raised £3,150 towards the minibus so we still have lots of work to do.”

Maria Auletta, customer representative at the Yorkshire’s Bexleyheath branch, said: “Our 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 worthwhile cause which makes a real difference to many people in our community.

“As an organisation we’re passionate about promoting positive mental health.

“There are a range of services on offer for our colleagues and we’re always keen to extend that passion to supporting charities which help others in the communities we serve.”

To help Mind in Bexley raise money for their mini bus e-mail gholmes@mindinbexley.org.uk.

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