Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation has donated more than £1.5 million to worthy causes across the UK since its inception in 1999.
Part of the celebrations for reaching this major milestone saw the Charitable Foundation that carries the Society’s name make a £10,000 donation to OPAL, a Leeds-based charity which supports isolated and lonely older people.
The majority of these funds were used by OPAL to update its community café including new fittings, TV, coffee machine and fridge. The remainder was spent on boiler repairs.
Ailsa Rhodes from OPAL said: “The donation from Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation was an enormous boost, came at a crucial point and meant we could refurbish the community café ready for our opening.
“Their support will have a significant impact on the lives of the people who use our community café, and their families, for years to come.”
Luke Wellock, Leeds Building Society’s corporate responsibility manager, said: “Social isolation is a pressing issue in society. I’m delighted the Foundation has been able to make this donation to support OPAL.
“The Society and our members fund Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation, and this donation fits with our firm commitment to doing what’s right for our members, colleagues and communities.”