Building society staff donate Christmas gifts

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18 Dec 2012
by Neil Skinner

Enterprising building society staff spread some festive cheer as they joined The Sheriff of Nottingham and city Trade Ambassador Sam Sangha to donate presents to the children of homeless and vulnerable women.

Nottingham Building Society branches have been busy in the past few weeks collecting items and money to provide Christmas gifts for Framework residents.

Staff have been competing in a series of challenges modelled on The Apprentice TV show – designed to secure donations from customers, local shops and businesses. 

I think what happens here is absolutely wonderful. It is so important that there is somewhere to help girls like this and the staff here are doing really important work. It is great that we local companies like The Nottingham do so much to help organisations like Framework.

Cllr Merlita Bryan, Sheriff of Nottingham

On Friday, December 14, they presented just some of those gifts to children at Aidan House, in Basford, which provides a temporary home for vulnerable homeless women. They were joined for the presentation by prominent Framework supporters Mr Sangha and Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Merlita Bryan.

Louise Darby, fundraising manager for Framework, said: “The support we have received from The Nottingham has been nothing short of fantastic. So many people, from the chief executive downwards, have worked tremendously hard to both raise money and awareness of our cause. The benefit of their work will be enjoyed by some of the most vulnerable people in our society in the months ahead.”

Sue Owen, event organiser at The Nottingham added “The teams have been working incredibly hard over the last few weeks and I would really like to thank all the local businesses and customers that have contributed to this appeal and supported our branches.”

Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Merlita Bryan, who enjoyed a guided tour of the building before meeting residents and their children, said: “I think what happens here is absolutely wonderful. It is so important that there is somewhere to help girls like this and the staff here are doing really important work. It is great that we local companies like The Nottingham do so much to help organisations like Framework.”

Staff at The Nottingham have been raising money for Framework since February 2011 and have so far raised more than £20,000 – money that has been used to help vulnerable homeless people learn the skills they will need to live independently in the future.

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