esbs unveils third-quarter results for its charity voting scheme

Leicestershire-based building society esbs has announced how funds will be divided between two locally-based organisations following the results of its ‘In the Community’ token collection scheme for the third quarter.

Visitors to either the Society’s Head Office in Earl Shilton or its Barwell branch were asked to choose which of the two groups they would most like to see receive funding by placing a token in the corresponding box.

Now that the tokens have been counted for the third quarter, a total of £500 will be split proportionately between the two nominated charities.

A total of £272.80 will go to Marie Curie – Leicestershire and Rutland, while the remaining £227.20 will be handed to Earl Shilton in Bloom.

The two charities that have been selected for the fourth quarter are Barwell & Earl Shilton Street Pastors, and Leicestershire & Rutland Sands.

The Society’s ‘In the Community’ initiative aims to support events and groups operating in the area in a pledge to be at the centre of local life.

Named after the celebrated physicist and chemist and founded in 1948, Marie Curie is a UK-wide charity that provides care and support to over 40,000 terminally-ill people every year.

Its specialist team works tirelessly to offer planned nursing, rapid response and tailored services, while its hospice network spans nine different centres and supplies inpatient and outpatient care, as well as a broad range of day therapies, to meet the requirements of individual patients with a number of terminal conditions.

The money donated as a result of the votes cast by esbs’ customers will be used to assist the nurses who administer care on behalf of the charity across the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.

Claire Korsakovs, Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “We are so very grateful for the support of the community local to esbs.

“Last year, the Marie Curie’s nursing service in Leicestershire & Rutland cared for over 157 patients during the night, providing expert care and support to people living with any terminal illness, as well as their loved ones, and helping them to make the most of the precious time they have together.”

Launched in 2014, Earl Shilton in Bloom is made up of approximately 20 volunteers who work to preserve the natural habitats local to the town via the provision of floral displays and landscaped places for the benefit of the public, while developing relationships with other groups within the community and attracting more visitors to the area.

The group holds regular meetings to draw up their plans and discuss upcoming projects, and members gather to maintain the town’s plant life every Tuesday morning.

In recent times, Earl Shilton in Bloom has overseen a number of large-scale projects, including the planting of a wildflower meadow; a community shed project featuring raised beds; compost bins and water butts; two commemorative benches by the war memorial; and a mural depicting a sunrise over a field of poppies in the town’s centre.

Through its efforts, Earl Shilton in Bloom was handed the Gold award in the East Midlands Town category of Britain in Bloom in both 2018 and 2019!

A spokesperson for Earl Shilton in Bloom said: “We would like to thank esbs and their customers for the support they have shown us through the In the Community scheme.

“Without this sort of support, Earl Shilton in Bloom could not continue, so this collection is extremely important.

“Thank you once again.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, said: “It’s fantastic to see the number of tokens placed in the collectors over the past quarter.

“We would like to thank everyone for their help in making this community project a success.”

Further information on esbs is available at www.esbs.co.uk.

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