Darlington Building Society supports Air Ambulance Charity

04 April 2012

Darlington Building Society has helped enhance equipment at the Great North Air Ambulance by providing finance to buy two emergency telephones.

The Society’s support has come via a fund run in conjunction with County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF).

Margaret Britton, a member of the Darlington Building Society Grants committee of the CDCF, said: “GNAAS is a vital emergency service that has helped save many lives and as a result is a much loved and widely supported cause across the region.

“The Society is proud to support such a worthy charity.”

Kevin Hodgson, Director of Operations at GNAAS, said: “We are grateful to Darlington Building Society for enabling us to buy these emergency phones, which will augment our life-saving service.

“GNAAS does not receive any Government or National Lottery funding and therefore we rely on generous support, such as that of Darlington Building Society, to continue our work.”

Darlington Building Society has had a grant-making endowment fund with CDCF since March 1997. The fund supports community projects in Darlington that focus on arts, sport, health, crime prevention, children and young people and education.

In 2009, Darlington Building Society took advantage of the Government’s grassroots endowment challenge to set up a second fund at CDCF, ‘Darlington Building Society Grassroots Endowment Fund’, which was matched £ for £ by the Office for Civil Society. This fund supports smaller grassroots groups within Darlington.

Since Darlington Building Society made its initial donation in March 1997, it has given out almost £25,000 in grants to 45 groups in Darlington, including its most recent grant of £700 to the GNAAS to buy the emergency phones.

Barbara Gubbins, Chief Executive, of CDCF, said: “Worthwhile and essential causes that benefit a wide cross section of the community are provided by the voluntary and community sector. The GNAAS does just that and that is why the funds were established.”

The Society has always included its employees in its charitable giving and set up a staff committee to take decisions on the groups that receive its funding.