Mortgage Finance Gazette Highly Commended award for Community Services
We have been recognised for our support and dedication to our community by Mortgage Finance Gazette who awarded the Society its prestigious Highly Commended award for Community Services.
The award recognises a momentous year in which the Society helped establish the Prince’s Trust in Mansfield, raised over £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and increased our total Community Support Scheme donations to more than £150,000 since the scheme’s formation.
We began the year having chosen Macmillan as our Charity Partner, with the aim of raising £5,000 for the charity over 24 months. Staff soon rose to the challenge with a variety of fundraising activities including scaling Mount Snowden, a branch to branch walk covering over 20 miles and a 40 hour Bikeathon in the Mansfield branch. All the money raised (£6,000 and growing) by us is being used to support those affected by cancer in the Mansfield, Ashfield and Chesterfield area.
In 2017, our Charitable Trust proudly awarded £10,000 to the Inspire and Achieve Foundation to help it establish the Prince’s Trust Team programme in Mansfield. Along with the donation, staff volunteered to work with the charity to help educate young disadvantaged adults to develop the skills necessary for them to progress into work or further education. We were delighted to award accreditation certificates to the schemes first phase of successful graduates in July with a further phase scheduled to pass out later in the year.
Every year we donate around £20,000 to various local community groups and charities through our Community Support Scheme. This year, the scheme will surpass a key milestone when its total donations will exceed £150,000 since it was established in 2008.
Richard Crisp, Commercial Development Executive at the Society said “Mortgage Finance Gazette is a leading publication for the mortgage industry. With the awards now in their 16th year, we are incredibly proud to receive the Highly Commended award in recognition of the contribution we make to support the local community. As a regional building society it’s great to be noticed on a national scale for the hard work and energy that all our staff put into community projects and fundraising events.
The foundation of our community work is embedded in our mutual ethos, whether it’s our fundraising and community involvement, our personal approach to mortgage lending, or the value we pay to our local and loyal savers. We’ve been supporting our Heartland community for over 147 years and we intend to carry on this tradition for at least 147 more!”
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