Sheffield charities to get slice of building society cash

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Residents in South Yorkshire are being given the chance to make a difference by deciding how a building society should split its charity cash.

The Sheffield branch of Yorkshire Building Society is putting £1,000 donated by its members up for grabs to three local charities.

Colleagues at the branch on Leopold Street, in Sheffield city centre, are inviting people to call in and vote for their favourite to decide how they money will be split.

The charities in line for a cash boost are The Cavendish Centre in Broomhall, Roundabout and Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust – Jessop Wing.

The campaign will launch on Friday and run for two weeks.

The number of votes received for each charity by Friday, February 27, will determine the amount of money each receives – the most popular will receive £500, second place will get £300 and £200 will go to the charity in third place.

More than 860,000 members of the society donate the pennies from the interest they receive on their accounts, just once a year.

Carol Johnson, branch manager, said: “We know how important our chosen three charities are to our local community so we’re delighted to be making a donation to help them continue their important work – just how much they receive though will be up to our customers and members of the public.

“Votes equal pounds, so we hope as many people as possible will take a minute to pop in and make their vote count.”