Bury bird charity receives funding

01 July 2016

A charity which looks after sick and injured wild birds will be able to replace a rotting aviary thanks to Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Greenmount Wild Bird Hospital, on Garside Hey Road, has been given £1,902 after being nominated by colleagues at the Bury branch of Yorkshire Building Society.

The charity was established in 1979 and is run by a small, hardworking team of volunteers. So far this year they have treated more than 900 sick and injured birds which, where possible, have then been reintroduced back into the wild.

Natalie Stewart-Kerr, manager of Greenmount Wild Bird Hospital, said:

The donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation really is a lifeline. The aviary we need to replace is about 20 years old and is in a very sorry state. It’s the largest of our 33 aviaries and used to house the big birds of prey.
As a charity we rely on donations like this and our dedicated volunteers. We’re extremely busy at the moment taking in an average of 30 birds a day but hopefully we will be able to get the new aviary in place in September.

James Fenton, manager of the Bury branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “We’re proud to be part of the community here in Bury and a vital part of that is supporting local charities where we can.

When we heard Greenmount needed help in building their new aviary we couldn’t wait to put in a nomination to the Charitable Foundation. It’s funded by our members and I know they would be as proud as I am to support such a worthwhile cause.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference® scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help smaller charities and good causes around the UK.

In 2015, the Charitable Foundation paid 1,502 donations totalling £392,276 to good causes and charities throughout the UK.

For more information about the Small Change Big Difference® scheme and the Charitable Foundation visit www.ybs.co.uk/charitablefoundation


REF: W06-16

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