esbs plants trees for charity scheme’s “wooden” anniversary

To celebrate five years of its In the Community scheme, esbs, or Earl Shilton Building Society has recently planted trees at National Forest’s Brookvale Woods in Ratby.

esbs plants trees for charity scheme’s “wooden” anniversary

(L-R) esbs’ Abbie York, Emma York, and Richard Carson planting trees at Brookvale Woods, Ratby

Richard Carson, Emma York and Abbie York from esbs attended the tree planting event, suitably marking the traditional “wooden” anniversary of the scheme and cementing esbs’ dedication to environmental sustainability and community engagement.

Since its inception in 2018, the scheme has generated £10,000 of donations to local causes through public votes on the esbs website each quarter.

This quarter, Action Homeless and Leicestershire Blood Bikes, the very first charities to benefit from the initiative, have been re-selected.

Action Homeless has been based in Leicester for 50 years and helps individuals and families affected by homelessness from across the city and county, providing access to a wide range of services that aim to tackle the causes and consequences of their homelessness. An expert team of staff and volunteers work hard to ensure people leave Action Homeless with somewhere to call home and the skills and means to maintain their independence.

Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes is part of National Association of Blood Bikes (NABB), providing a free, out of hours courier service to public health bodies in Leicestershire and Rutland. Volunteers support with the movement of blood, samples, patient notes and scans, surgical equipment, donated breast milk – anything that will directly benefit patient care. The group relies 100% on donations to fund their work.

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate five years of our charity scheme by giving back to the environment and our community through this Tree Planting Day. esbs remains steadfast in its commitment to making a positive difference and looks forward to continuing its charitable endeavours in the years to come.”

Voting for quarter one of In the Community ends on 31st March 2024. Place your vote at