Bath Building Society hands out £6,500 in Charity Awards 2016

Eight Charities and Community Groups from the local area are sharing almost £7,000 from Bath Building Society’s Annual Charity Awards scheme.  A further three organisations have received a pair of Bath Building Society hot air balloon tickets which can be used to raise funds.

The Awards; now in their tenth year, were established to support as many local initiatives as possible from the growing number of requests that the Society receives each week asking for support.

Chief Executive Dick Jenkins said:

“The Awards are very important to us and are a way for the Society to “give something back” to the local community. It is amazing the work some of these organisations do and the local people that they help and on such little funding, I’m just glad we can help!

I am really pleased how the number of applications continues to increase year on year and this year is no different! I’d like to thank my fellow Judges for spending their time to help judge the Awards; they were the Mayor of Bath (Councillor Paul Crossley), Alan Keeling from The Rotary Club Bath, Claire Wynne-Hughes from The Quartet Community Foundation and my colleague Tiffany Hardie-Albutt.  It was a tough competition but we found our winners in the end!”

The overall category is for the Charity of the Year and this year the judging panel chose Bath Samaritans.

David Ryder, Director of Bath Samaritans:

"It is fantastic news Bath Building Society have chosen Bath Samaritans as their Charity of the Year.  More than 6,000 people across the UK and ROI take their own lives each year.  We offer a safe place for people to talk when they are in crisis, distress or struggling to cope.  Volunteers are available around the clock, every day of the year and in 2015 Bath Samaritans took 45,671 contacts from people wanting to talk, including by email or text.  We are also active outside the branch, reaching those groups in the local community who are at high risk.  Bath Building Society’s wonderful support will help us continue to deliver this absolutely vital service."

Full list of winners:

St Barnabas Church, Bath - £1,500
Bath Child Contact Centre - £1,000
Bath FoodCycle - £1,000
Contact the Elderly, Bath - £1,000
The Keep in Touch Club, Paulton - £500
1st Keynsham Scout Group, Keynsham - £500
Odd Down at Play, Bath - £500
One Community Trust, Keynsham - £500
We hear you, Bath – a pair of Balloon Tickets
Oldfield Park Pre-School, Bath – a pair of Balloon Tickets
Headway Salisbury & South Wiltshire – a pair of Balloon Tickets