Building society donates towards disability group’s summer trip

Earl Shilton Building Society has given its backing to a local disability group raising money for a summer excursion.

Barwell and Earl Shilton Disability Group, a self-funded organisation which caters for adults of all ages with a wide range of additional needs, keeps its members as active as possible whilst also giving them an environment in which to socialise.

The group’s organisers are planning a trip to Trentham Gardens, near Stoke on Trent, and are attempting to raise the £586 required to hire an adapted coach and pay members’ entrance fees.

Funds donated by the Society, which has a branch in Barwell, will be used to cover part of the expenses incurred in organising the outing.

Bob Lucas, Barwell and Earl Shilton Disability Group’s Treasurer, said: “We are very grateful to Earl Shilton Building Society for their generous donation, which will allow a number of local disabled and elderly residents to enjoy a day out and provide them with an opportunity to meet new people.

“Our group has been active for over 30 years and helps ensure its members, many of whom are widowed or living alone, retain a connection to their local community.

“We hold weekly meetings at Barwell Sports & Social Club, at which our members take part in activities such as bingo, raffles and quizzes. Money from these activities, along with a small £1 per week subscription and generous donations from local people and businesses, allows us to arrange trips further afield.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of Earl Shilton Building Society, said: “Mr Lucas and his colleagues at Barwell and Earl Shilton Disability Group play an important role in our local community, keeping their members at its heart rather than feeling excluded.

“We were more than happy to help with a donation towards their excursion fund and we hope all of the group’s members enjoy a wonderful day out at Trentham Gardens.”

Earl Shilton Building Society is continuing to offer charitable funding to worthy causes across the local area in 2017, through its ‘In the community’ scheme.

All types of community groups, charitable organisations, teams, clubs and schools can take part. However, to ensure the scheme remains truly local, applications will only be accepted from the following postcode areas; LE, CV9 to 13 and DE11 to 15.

Full details can be found at

To find out more about the Earl Shilton Building Society, please visit either branch at 22 The Hollow, Earl Shilton or 7 Malt Mill Bank, Barwell. Alternatively you can call 01455 844422, email or visit the website at

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