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Yorkshire savers help hundreds of charities

Yorkshire Building Society claims its Small Change, Big Difference scheme has attracted over 200,000 members and raised over £100,000 since its launch two years ago.

Savers volunteer to donate small amounts of interest they accrue on their accounts to the society&#39s charitable foundation, which distributes funds to local charities.

Over £75,000 was donated to charities as a result of two community days, when members of the public were invited to go into any branch of the society and nominate good causes.

As a result of the first day, over 300 organisations received a donation and it is expected that the second day will achieve an even greater number once all the donations are processed.

Overall, in 2001, the charitable foundation donated almost £400,000 to over 500 charities.

Charitable foundation trustee Linda Will says: “The Small Change, Big Difference scheme is a great way of boosting our donation to local charities.

“The most that anybody will donate from a Yorkshire account is 99p per year but, as you can see, when you multiply those pennies by each member it really does add up to a sizeable sum.”

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