Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Society Donations Hit PS2.5m to Aid Charity

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Society Donations Hit PS2.5m to Aid Charity

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Byline: Angela Upex angela.upex@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE longstanding support from the North East's largest building society for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has now seen donations from the society pass the PS2.5m mark.

Newcastle Building Society introduced its Sir Bobby Robson Foundation savings accounts in 2012, with a commitment to donate an amount each year equivalent to 0.1% of the total value held in the accounts to the much-loved charity.

The donations have since helped it become the Foundation's largest corporate donor. That has in turn boosted support for projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which benefit cancer patients from across the Society's heartland area, as well as its contributions towards the global fight against the disease.

A further PS100,000 is scheduled to be presented to the charity by the Society at the start of next year, and there is a commitment that further donations totalling PS250,000 will follow over the next five years.

This is part of a new arrangement which will see grants to support the ongoing work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continue through the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund.

The society's Sir Bobby Robson Foundation accounts closed to new customers in 2016, but the idea of supporting charities and community projects across the region has been adopted for the Newcastle Building Society Community Saver accounts.

Andrew Haigh, chief executive at Newcastle Building Society, said: "The donations that we have made in connection with The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation accounts have far exceeded what we originally thought would be raised, and we're thrilled to be continuing to contribute to the invaluable work of one of the North East's favourite charities.

"Passing the PS2.5m fundraising landmark, and being on the verge of presenting a further PS100,000 to the Foundation while committing to this successful partnership for a further five years is a wonderful way for us to end the year. …

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