Homelessness and rare genetic disorder charities set to receive building society donations

esbs has encouraged its members to support two charitable causes by casting votes for donations at its AGM.

The Society selects two charities each year to benefit from these donations, and for every vote that is cast 40p is donated to the respective charity.

This year’s chosen charities were Action Homeless, an organisation committed to tackling homelessness in Leicester and the rest of the county, and Angelman UK, a national non-profit organisation that’s based in Nuneaton and supports people living with Angelman Syndrome.

In addition to the allocated amounts raised through the AGM votes, the Society made an extra contribution and a total of £500 has now been donated, and split proportionately with Action Homeless receiving £341.05 and Angelman UK receiving £158.95.

Action Homeless has offered its help to individuals living on the streets, as well as their families, for the past four decades. Anyone who visits one its centres is free to use its broad range of services that are specially designed to address the causes and consequences of homelessness, while the expert team of staff and volunteers works to ensure that people leave with a place to call home and the skills and resources to maintain their independence.

James Riviere of Action Homeless said: “Sadly, homelessness continues to devastate lives of people in Leicestershire and it is not a problem we can tackle alone. Therefore, we are grateful for the valuable support of the members of esbs, which will enable us to continue to provide housing and support to people in crisis.”

Angelman UK is esbs’ Charity of the Year for 2018/19 and is comprised solely of volunteers, many of whom are the parents or relatives of children or adults who live with the rare genetic disorder.

First identified in 1965, Angelman Syndrome causes severe learning difficulties and its physical symptoms include speech impairment, problems with movement and balance, as well as happy and excitable behaviour.

A spokesperson for Angelman UK said: “We are truly grateful to esbs for supporting us, and thanks also goes to all those who voted for us.

“Angelman UK is funded solely by donations such as these. Our remit is to support families living with Angelman Syndrome, raise awareness through education and fund research into this rare syndrome.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting these charities, both of which play crucial roles for the individuals and families that they help.”

Last year, Stroke Association and LOROS Hospice were selected to receive the donations.

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