Society in appeal for votes to help charity

Yorkshire Building Society colleagues Ben Reed, Manpreet Sidhu and Alastair Townsley encourage members to vote and raise money for Marie Curie. Picture by Mark Bickerdike.

Yorkshire Building Society colleagues Ben Reed, Manpreet Sidhu and Alastair Townsley encourage members to vote and raise money for Marie Curie. Picture by Mark Bickerdike.

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Staff at a building society are encouraging members to vote on how the organisation is run and raise money for charity.

Yorkshire Building Society says that for every vote received at its AGM this year, a donation will be made to the Hour of Need campaign, which aims to raise £500,000 for nursing care by December 2016.

I really hope all our members use their vote, get involved in the Society and have their say, while at the same time doing a good deed for charity.

Nick Turnbull, manager of the North Shields branch of Yorkshire Building Society

The company will donate 25p to Marie Curie for every online vote received, and 15p for every postal vote received.

Nick Turnbull, manager of the North Shields branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “One of the unique aspects of being a member of a building society is the right to vote annually on a range of decisions about the way the Society is run.

“I really hope all our members use their vote, get involved in the Society and have their say, while at the same time doing a good deed for charity.

“There is no limit to how much money we can raise for Marie Curie through voting.”

In 2014, member votes helped raise over £34,000 which was shared between Guide Dogs for the Blind and Macmillan Cancer Care.

Andy Caton, executive director at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “We set ourselves apart from banks by not having external shareholders – our members are our owners – and the AGM vote is one of a number of ways we encourage our members to actively get involved with the Society.

“We want as many of our members as possible to cast their vote.

“Helping our Hour of Need campaign is one reason to have their say, but the main reason is because they can. As a mutual, our members have a voice and we listen to them.”

Online and postal votes must be received by 5pm on Friday, April 17, but members can also vote in person at the Yorkshire’s AGM, which will be held at the Midland Hotel in Bradford on Tuesday, April 21.