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

Two charities local to Leicestershire-based esbs, or Earl Shilton Building Society, are benefitting from donations made from votes cast at its recent AGM.

For each valid AGM vote, 40p was eligible to be donated and the member chose which of the two charities were to receive that donation by making a selection on their AGM voting form.

This year’s AGM took place virtually due to Coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday 14th July, and the two charities nominated were Action Homeless and Heart Link.

Action Homeless is a Leicester-based charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by homelessness and has been supporting 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, while the expert team of staff and volunteers work to ensure that people leave with a place to call home as well as the skills and resources to maintain independence.

James Riviere of Action Homeless said: “We really appreciate the continued support of esbs and its members.

“All donations are spent directly on supporting people affected by homelessness in Leicester and Leicestershire, so every vote for our charity at the esbs AGM is sure to help change the lives of people in the city and county.”

Heart Link was initially established in 1981 as a support group for parents and families who had a child suffering from a heart defect. Since then, they’ve become increasingly committed to improving facilities for their young patients, their families and providing much needed valuable medical equipment at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital. Their contributions to Glenfield Hospital have included a specialised playroom, a helipad, and more innovative technology.

Chris Rigby, Heart Link Secretary, said “All of our activities, especially providing much-needed medical technology, take a great deal of fundraising, so we are immensely grateful for all donations.”

Voting by members has generated Action Homeless £205, and £295 for Heart Link, after esbs kindly increased the total donation to £500.

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

“Both charities assist people in unfortunate circumstances, and our AGM is a great opportunity to make a difference and support two very different types of 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.”

To discover more about esbs visit the website at www.esbs.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call 01455 844422, or email enquire@esbs.co.uk.

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