Building society raises nearly £2,000 for Angelman UK

esbs has succeeded in raising close to £2,000 for its Charity of the Year, which works to support people living with a rare genetic disorder.

The Society donated £1,965 to Angelman UK, its Charity of the Year for 2018/19.

Over the course of the financial year, the Society carried out a number of fundraising events and activities on the charity’s behalf.

These included staff members, their families, friends and pets completing a sponsored walk that started and finished at the Black Horse pub in Market Bosworth, a World Cup-themed dress down day, while visitors to either of the Society’s branches were given the chance to vote for the charity as part of the In the Community token collector scheme.

First identified in 1965, Angelman Syndrome causes severe learning difficulties and is characterised by a range of symptoms, such as speech impairment, problems with movement and balance, and happy and excitable behaviour.

The majority of the funds raised by esbs will go towards Angelman UK’s biennial national conference, which gives families who are affected by the syndrome the ability to share their experiences with others and gain advice from experts.

A spokesperson for Angelman UK said: “Angelman Syndrome is rare and many families affected by the disorder are geographically very isolated.

“Our biennial conference is a fantastic opportunity for families to come together to learn about a wide range of subjects relevant to them, to meet up with old friends and to make new ones in an environment where everyone understands all about the highs and lows of life with Angelman Syndrome.

“It’s probably one of the most important events that AngelmanUK organises and we are extremely grateful to all the staff and customers of esbs for their amazing contribution over the year.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive at esbs, said: “Angelman UK is a fantastic cause that does outstanding work to help those who live with Angelman Syndrome.

“It is a charity making an active difference to the lives of people in Leicestershire and across the country, and we are proud of the efforts made by staff to support the cause.”

esbs provides support to good causes through its ‘In the Community’ fund. Any local group based in the LE, CV9 to 13 and DE11 to 15 postcode areas interested in benefitting from the fund can apply via the Society’s website at www.esbs.co.uk/in-the-community.

What’s more, people can nominate a local cause that they would like to see receive funding by completing one of the in-branch ‘In the Community’ forms.

As part of the ongoing fund, esbs recently installed token collectors at its branches in Earl Shilton and Barwell, allowing members who transact to support two locally-based organisations every quarter, by placing a token in the collection box.

The nominated charities for this quarter are Earl Shilton in Bloom and Marie Curie – Leicestershire and Rutland.

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