YBS supports children's charity in East Grinstead

08 July 2016

Grieving children and their families will be given extra support thanks to funding from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Jigsaw (South East), which is based in East Grinstead, will use the £2,000 donation to run a series of support groups designed to help young people who have lost a loved one.

Nickey Price, Operations Manager of Jigsaw (South East), said:

We are a local charity and, as with most small charities, we do not receive any statutory funding and are dependent on grants, local fundraising efforts and donations – such as the £2,000 kindly provided by Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation. This money will be directly channelled into our six-week Grief Support Groups for local families taking place in East Grinstead in the spring 2017.
Our service provides support to children who have lost a close family member through accident, illness, suicide or murder and to those who have a family member with a life limiting illness. It can be a very confusing and emotionally difficult time for children; they are often bewildered and frightened and find it difficult to talk to adults who may also be having a difficult time.
We provide these families with support and guidance and a safe place to talk about their emotions and encourage them to make memories whilst meeting others in the same situation.

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.

Jigsaw (South East) was nominated for the donation by colleagues at the East Grinstead branch of Yorkshire Building Society.

Lewis Risdon-Stapley, branch manager, said:

Jigsaw is a wonderful charity which really makes a difference to young people facing tragedy. The Charitable Foundation is funded by our members and I know they would be as proud as I am to be able to support such a worthy cause.

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: W07-16

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