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Christmas cheer in the community

A collage of Christmas photos of the Christmas celebration taking place in branches.

Newbury Building Society’s 10 branches threw themselves into the spirit of Christmas by taking part in a range of different charitable and community-focussed events. 

From festive celebrations to fancy dress, branch employees represented the Society in fine fashion as they tirelessly campaigned to raise as much money as possible for local causes and encourage good will at Christmas.  

Below, is a taster of some of the activities which took place over the festive season:

Newbury Building Society’s ‘name Santa’s baby reindeer’ competition

Members and perspective members were invited to name Santa’s baby reindeer to be in with the chance to win a family ticket (x2 adults and x2 children) to Lapland UK on Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 3pm. 

Competition was tough with 352 names submitted which ranged from: Pull McCartney, Sprout, Deerdre and Jingle. Following a random prize draw, the winning name was confirmed as Roger the reindeer by member, Helena Page, at our Wokingham branch.

£822.12 was raised in total for our eight partner charities.

Swift Courier Christmas Toy Appeal 2018

Newbury Building Society’s Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford branches were delighted to help Swift Couriers bring a smile to the faces of disadvantaged children in West Berkshire by opening their doors as a present drop-off point for this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal. 

Newbury Weekly News over 80s parcel fund 2018

The Society once again supported Newbury Weekly News’ over 80s food parcel drive, by donating £500 to help purchase food and supplies for elderly residents in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and surrounding villages. 

Basingstoke Giving Tree, sponsored by the Breeze radio station

At the end of December, the Society’s Basingstoke branch welcomed the Breeze radio station to help wrap and sort presents which had kindly been donated by members and the visiting public for two children’s charities: Sebastian’s Action Trust and Home-Start

Ken Anderson, Customer Service Adviser at the Basingstoke branch said: “The Giving Tree is a great initiative by the Society and felt great to be a part of it. We had over a 100 presents donated by our lovely customers who said it made the feel happy to be able to do some good for the community. The volunteers from the charities who come forward for gift wrapping said it was great to be actively been involved with such a great cause.”

Wokingham Giving Tree Appeal 

The team in Wokingham once again supported the local Wokingham Giving Tree Appeal and encouraged customers to take a tag from their beautifully decorated our tree, which had a gift suggested for a disadvantaged local child, bought the gift and returned it to the branch. 

The charities who benefitted from the event included Barnardo’s, Women’s Aid, Wokingham Young Carers, to name only a few. 

Delighted with the positive response from the local community Branch Manager, Charlotte Hall commented: “It has been great to see so many of our customers get into the Christmas spirit by donating to the giving tree, and we’re sure their generosity will be greatly appreciated by the children receiving the gifts.”

Festival place festive collection

Volunteers from the Basingstoke branch collected money for St. Michael’s Hospice from generous shoppers at the end of November, raising £190.21. 

Neha Khamkar, Customer Service Adviser at the Basingstoke branch and one of those who helped collected donations said: “It was really exciting as all members of staff competed to raise more money than the other pairs for the charity.”

Andover Giving Tree 

This year, the team in Andover hosted their very own Giving Tree event and collected presents from generous members in aid of Naomi House & Jacksplace.

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