Five Leicestershire charities have received a share of £10,000 thanks to the county’s five building societies – the Melton, the Loughborough, Earl Shilton, Market Harborough and Hinckley & Rugby.
The donation has been distributed by Leicestershire Cares to Storehouse foodbank in Melton Mowbray, Trussell Trust foodbank in Hinckley, and the Zinthyia Trust, the Making Moves project and Centre Project all in Leicester.
In all cases the money has been used to support vulnerable people directly affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
Leicestershire Cares is a leading charity which supports local businesses, schools, young people, ex-offenders and community groups.
Kieran Breen, Chief Executive at Leicestershire Cares said,
“This generous donation from our local building societies is a great example of how we can work together to support those in need during the current crisis.
We are committed to working in partnership with business, the community and government to tackle and beat this crisis.”
Martin Reason, Chief Executive, at Melton Building Society added,
“We are delighted to have been able to provide support through Leicestershire Cares to those who have been adversely impacted by Covid-19.
“Social responsibility and care for our community is at the heart of all building societies and it’s great to be able to pull together in Leicestershire to make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.”
Building societies are considered an essential service and nearly all of the five’s branches have remained open to serve savings and mortgage customers during the pandemic, albeit with reduced hours to protect the health of colleagues and customers.
Mark Robinson, Chief Executive at Market Harborough Building Society concluded,
“All Leicestershire’s societies have worked through World Wars and global crises and are well placed to help and support our customers through this pandemic.”