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Nine Suffolk-based charities benefit from donations

PUBLISHED: 15:32 20 October 2018

Ipswich Building Society hands out donations to a number of local charities.
L-R: Lisa-Marie Goodwin, Charlotte Gray Farrer of Ipswich Building Society, Abbie Tosh, sister of Arran, from Smile of Arran Trust and Sarah Maguire, Ipswich Building Society

Ipswich Building Society hands out donations to a number of local charities. L-R: Lisa-Marie Goodwin, Charlotte Gray Farrer of Ipswich Building Society, Abbie Tosh, sister of Arran, from Smile of Arran Trust and Sarah Maguire, Ipswich Building Society

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Ipswich Building Society has donated more than £6,000 to nine Suffolk based charities from its Mutual Advantage affinity saving accounts programme.

The local charity partners of the society’s nine branches each received a 1% bonus based on the average account balance of all Mutual Advantage accounts opened at their partner branch.

The society’s Mutual Advantage account is a variable rate savings account which currently pays 0.75% Gross/AER for balances from £100 - £50,000.

The society reviews the beneficiary partners each year, enabling funding to be spread across a wide variety of charities in Suffolk.

These charities received support in the last year:

Aldeburgh - Aldeburgh United Charities

Hadleigh - The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding

Halesworth - Halesworth Volunteer Centre

Haverhill - REACH

Ipswich (Mutual House) - Ipswich Housing Action Group

Ipswich (Ravenswood) - 4YP

Saxmundham - Supported Activities for Everyone (SAFE)

Sudbury - The Smile of Arran Trust

Woodbridge - Home Start

The Sudbury branch beneficiary partner, The Smile of Arran Trust, received a bonus of £1,645. The charity was launched as a tribute to the late Arran, a 13-year-old who died a week after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. His mum, dad and sisters created the charity to help other families whose lives have been affected by a brain tumour.

Alison Tosh, Arran’s mother and the co-founder of The Smile of Arran Trust said: “We’re delighted with the support we have received from the Sudbury branch of Ipswich Building Society and, of course, the members who hold a Mutual Advantage account. It is an amazing amount of money which will really help us provide financial assistance to children and families who have been affected by a brain tumour.

“Not only have the staff at the Society chosen to support us for a further year, they have also gone the extra mile in helping us raise awareness, promote events and raise money through ticket and wristband sales.”

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