YORKSHIRE Building Society Charitable Foundation has said thanks a million to its members in Ilkley who have contributed their own money to the more than £4million donated to help charities and good causes around the UK.

Outside the Box, Ilkley Pre-School Playgroup and Ilkley Literature Festival are just some of the charities that have benefited in Ilkley from Charitable Foundation donations.

It is funded through the Small Change Big Difference scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their mortgage or savings accounts just once a year to help smaller charities around the UK.

Anthony Pinder, manager of the Yorkshire Building Society branch in Ilkley, said: “The Charitable Foundation would not exist without the support of our members who, on average, donate less than 50p a year. But all that small change really does add up to enable the Charitable Foundation to make a big difference – as the charities that have benefited here in Ilkley will know.

“We’re really proud of the impact the Charitable Foundation has had on our community and we want that to continue. If you know a charity that could benefit from a donation please come into the branch and have a chat with a member of our team.”

The Charitable Foundation supports UK registered charities which aim to improve peoples’ health, save lives and alleviate poverty with donations from £250 to £2,000.

In 2016, the Charitable Foundation paid 1,813 donations totalling £554,229 to good causes and charities throughout the UK.