Society steps in to help the aged with cash gift for Sheffield forum

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A Sheffield charity which helps isolated elderly people is in the money thanks to a building society.

Gleadless Valley Community Forum has been handed £424 by Yorkshire Building Society’s charitable foundation to buy two lightweight folding wheelchairs.

Jayne Hancock, health and community development project manager with the forum, said:“This support will help us reach many more isolated older people who are perhaps less mobile and enable them to access the services, resources and facilities they need to maintain their independence and quality of life.

“A simple walker or wheelchair makes all the difference to a small, locally-based charity such as ours and means the housebound can interact socially with other service users and achieve a level of independence which they thought had been lost to them.”

The foundation helps causes where the building society’s members and staff live and work – in 2013, it donated more than £545,000 to a total of more than 2,300 UK good causes.

Pauline Giroux, society corporate responsibility manager, said: “The foundation exists to support the charities that make a difference in their communities.”