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Press Release regarding our funding received in late August 2012.



People with learning disabilities have been taking part in sporting activities thanks to a little help from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Sporting Challenge, a charity dedicated to providing sporting activities for people with learning disabilities, received £540 from the Charitable Foundation.

The donation was used to fund three months of activities, including ten pin bowling and kurling, for 30 people in West Lancashire.

David Marshall, branch manager at the Yorkshire’s Southport branch, said: “The Charitable Foundation is dedicated to helping good causes where our staff and members live and work.

“We’re so pleased the Society has been able to help Sporting Challenge. We hope the activities will help local people with learning disabilities in a number of ways.”

Participation in sporting activities is known to improve peoples’ mental and physical well-being, increase confidence and encourage independence.

Edward McCarthy, Sporting Challenge Director and Secretary, said: “We’re so grateful to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for their generous donation.

“Unfortunately some people with a learning disability aren’t able to take part in an exercise activity as they’re unable to get places on their own, or need support. With the help of generous donations like this one, we’re able to help people take part in activities and get the benefits that come with it.”

Sporting Challenge provides staff to collect the participants from their homes, support them whilst they take part and return them home after the activities.



Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is the focal point for all the Yorkshire Building Society group’s charitable giving including; Yorkshire, Barnsley, Chelsea and Norwich & Peterborough Building Societies.

The Charitable Foundation’s purpose is to support good causes where the Society’s members and staff live and work, helping to demonstrate the value and support that the Yorkshire Building Society group provides to local communities throughout the UK.

The Foundation is supported financially by the Society, its staff and members, particularly through Yorkshire’s innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme where over 860,000 members currently donate the pence of their interest to the Foundation.


For more information please contact:

Linzi Clark on 01274 472521

Press Office on 0845 1200 890

Thank-you to funders in 2012


Many thanks to all the funders we received funding from in 2012. Including Lancashire County Council, West Lancs Borough Council, Yorkshire Building Society and Skipton Building Society.  These awards have helped us fund many activities in West Lancashire and we will continue to do so in 2013.