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Yorkshire Bank Recognises Community Spirit in England

26th June 2015

Twelve community groups across England have been awarded a funding boost of £75,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role they play in the local community.

The Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which are going the extra mile.

Now in its third year, the awards programme aims to recognise charities and not-for-profit organisations for the invaluable contributions they make to their local communities. Groups were invited to enter the awards scheme under one of three categories; financial education, employability and environment.

An overall winning group has been selected in each category securing £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended winners that were each awarded £5,000.

Douglas Campbell, Director of Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards recognise and support the important role that voluntary and charitable organisations play in their local communities. It has been inspiring to see the great work that is being done at grass roots level across the country.

“All of the successful organisations are extremely deserving winners which have been recognised for their community spirit with these awards from Yorkshire Bank.”

Yorkshire Bank’s sister organisation, Clydesdale Bank, has also announced 12 successful recipients of £75,000 as part of the Spirit of the Community Awards initiative. This brings the total funds awarded to 24 community groups up and down the country to £150,000.

For further information about Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Awards, please visit

The Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards Winners are:

Financial Education category

  • The Money Charity (£10,000)
  • Cumbrian Youth Alliance (£5,000)
  • Debt Advice Foundation (£5,000)
  • Tees Valley Women’s Centre Ltd (£5,000)

Employability category

  • St George’s Crypt (£10,000)
  • Changing Lives (£5,000)
  • Empower Employability Mentoring Programme (£5,000)
  • Prince’s Trust (£5,000)

Environment category

  • Bradford Environmental Action Trust (£10,000)
  • Durham Wildlife Trust (£5,000)
  • Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland (£5,000)
  • Middlesbrough Environment City Trust Ltd (£5,000)

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