Public vote determines charity pay-out

Worthing branch manager Richard Davies with Susan Stevens from Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, left, and Sarah Brady from Wadars

Worthing branch manager Richard Davies with Susan Stevens from Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, left, and Sarah Brady from Wadars

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The Chelsea Building Society in Worthing has donated money to three local charities.

Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, Wadars and Reaching Families all received a donation, with the exact amount each determined by a public vote held in the Chaple Road branch.

The homeless charity came first, securing a £500 donation. Wadars was second, winning £300, and Reaching Families came third to collect £200 after the two-week-long campaign.

The £1,000 total was part of the The Charity Choices campaign, supported by Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation. It is funded by the Small Change, Big Difference scheme, where members donate the pennies from the interest they receive on their accounts, once a year, to help charities and good causes in their communities.

Richard Davies, branch manager, said: “We had a brilliant response to the campaign from our members, local shoppers and residents, but of course the real winners here are the charities – all of whom do a fantastic job of providing invaluable support in our local community.

“Because each and every vote helped secure pounds for the charities it felt right that the decision of splitting the money was put in the hands of our members and local people.

"I can’t thank everyone enough for coming in to our branch during the voting period to make their vote count. I’m sure the money will make a real difference locally.”