YORKSHIRE Building Society has thanked its members in York who have contributed their own money to more than £500,000 donated to help charities and good causes around the UK last year.

Restore (York), York Against Cancer, St Leonard's Hospice and York Toy Appeal are just some of the charities that have benefited in York from donations to the building society's charitable foundation donations.

The cash comes from the Small Change Big Difference scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their mortgage or savings accounts just once a year to help smaller charities around the UK.

Lewis Wilkinson, branch manager in York, said: “The charitable foundation would not exist without the support of our members who, on average, donate less than 50p a year. But all that small change really does add up to enable the charitable foundation to make a big difference – as the charities that have benefited here in York will know.

“We’re really proud of the impact the Charitable Foundation has had on our community and we want that to continue. If you know a charity that could benefit from a donation please come into the branch and have a chat with a member of our team.”

In 2016, the Charitable Foundation paid 1,813 donations totalling £554,229.

For more information visit www.ybs.co.uk/charitablefoundation.