Bath Building Society hands out £6,500 in Charity Awards 2018

Eight Charities and Community Groups from the local area are sharing £6,500 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 12th 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. 

Kevin Gray, Chief Executive of the Society 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 the Judges for spending their time to help choose the winners of our Awards; they were the Mayor of Bath (Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones), Graham Cottle from The Rotary Club Bath, Claire Wynne-Hughes from The Quartet Community Foundation and my colleagues Tiffany Hardie-Albutt and Tonia Lovell.  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 City Farm. The Society will work with Bath City Farm from 1 July until the end of June 2019.
Members of Bath City Farm with Kevin Gray from the Society and the Mayor & Mayoress of Bath.

Bath City Farm are delighted to be chosen as charity of the year. Helen Fisher, the Farms Manager said of the award:

"It means so much to have the Farms work recognised across our home city and to have the support of the Bath Building Society staff and customers over the next year. This will play such an important part in helping us to look after this special place, raising funds and awareness of life on the farm."

Full list of winners:

The Community Bus, Bath - £1,500
Bath Area Play Project, Bath - £1,000
Bath FoodCycle, Bath - £1,000
PEOPLE (Providing Ex-Offenders Positive Learning Environments), Midsomer Norton - £1,000
The Keep in Touch Club, Paulton - £500
Greenhill Gardening Club, Timsbury - £500
Cerebral Palsy Plus, Bristol - £500
Hop, Skip & Jump South West, Bristol - £500
The Fluency Trust, Swindon – a pair of Balloon Tickets
Caryford Community Hall – a pair of Balloon Tickets
Bath MS Society – a pair of Balloon Tickets