Members' small change makes a big difference to a Darlington charity

01 July 2016

Building society members’ small change has made a big difference to a charity which works with some of the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised young people in the North East.

The Clervaux Trust, which is based just outside Darlington, has been able to buy new equipment including a marquee, a sewing machine, a pressure washer and panel saws thanks to a £1,739 donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

The Trust supports young people who struggle in mainstream education by teaching them farming, craft and baking skills. It also helps those who have learning disabilities, mental health issues and complex social needs by providing practical training and alternative social care.

Mark Snowball, Head of Operations at Clervaux Trust, said:

I would like to say thank you to Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for its generous donation. The donation has given us the finances to enable us to increase our offer and experiences to the young people we work with, ultimately changing lives and creating new opportunities.

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.

Mark Jackson, manager of the near-by Stockton-upon-Tees branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said:

The Charitable Foundation is funded by our members and I know they would be as proud as I am to support such a worthwhile cause. The equipment bought by the Clervaux Trust is an investment in young peoples’ futures and will be beneficial for years to come.

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


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