Local charities to benefit from donations made at building society’s AGM

Two charities local to esbs are set to benefit from donations made when votes are cast at its upcoming AGM and added to online and postal votes undertaken prior to the meeting.

Each year, the Society selects two worthy causes to benefit from its AGM donation scheme. For each valid AGM vote 40p is donated and the member chooses which of the two charities will receive that donation by making a selection on their AGM voting form.

This year’s AGM is due to take place at Age UK’s Senior Citizens Centre in Earl Shilton on Wednesday 10th July, and the two charities that have been chosen are Action Homeless and AngelmanUK.

Action Homeless is a Leicester-based charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by homelessness and has offered it support to individuals and families in the city and across Leicestershire for the past 40 years.

Visitors to any of the charity’s centres are given a broad range of services that aim to tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness, while the expert team of staff and volunteers work to ensure that people leave with a place to call home and the skills and resources to maintain independence.

James Riviere of Action Homeless said: “We are grateful for the continued support of esbs and its members.

“Our fundraising pledge is that every penny we receive will be spent directly on supporting people affected by homelessness in Leicester and Leicestershire. Therefore, each person that chooses to support our charity via the esbs AGM voting can be confident that they are helping to change the lives of people in the city and county.”

The Society’s Charity of the Year for 2018/19, AngelmanUK, is a national non-profit organisation based in Nuneaton and supports people living with Angelman Syndrome and their families and carers. It is comprised entirely of volunteers, many of whom are parents or relatives of children or adults living with the rare genetic disorder.

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.

Andrea Baines, Secretary for AngelmanUK, said: “AngelmanUK is run entirely by volunteers and is solely funded with monies raised by our supporters.

“We are dedicated to supporting families affected by Angelman Syndrome, raising awareness of this rare, little-known disorder and assisting with research into the condition.

“We run a 24/7 telephone helpline, produce regular newsletters, host a variety of social media groups, hold regular conferences and regional meet-ups for families.

“We have dedicated sibling support and have made a series of short films about various aspects of Angelman Syndrome.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of esbs in supporting us with this work.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, added: “We are delighted to be contributing to two very worthwhile causes through our AGM this year.

“Both charities play an integral role in improving the lives of individuals within the community, and our AGM is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our links with these organisations and show our support for their vital work.

“The donation scheme is a popular feature of our AGM each year and we encourage members to participate in it and make their votes really count.”

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

esbs also 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.

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