Last year, NatWest launched - as part of its charter - their Community Fund to support charities and good causes in communities served by their branches. This meant that nationally, 380 individual funds of £5,000 were created.
For the local Community Fund a panel of volunteers selected three very worthy causes - the Newport Cottage Care Centre, the Carers Association Southern Staffordshire and the West Chadsmoor Family Centre. The three charities were put to the public vote and after a month the fund was divided between the charities. The Newport Cottage Care Centre received the top award of £3,000, with the Carers Association Southern Staffordshire and the West Chadsmoor Family Centre each being given £1,000.
Today, local NatWest senior bank manager Brendan O'Reilly together with MP Aidan Burley were invited to the Centre to see how the money was being used for the benefit of the local community and to understand more about the valuable work it does.
The West Chadsmoor Family Centre offer a planned set of play activities for parents and their children. They provide a parents' group and crèche which provides training for parents. They also run a school holiday club for working parents during the school holidays and an outreach session.
NatWest senior bank manager Brendan O'Reilly said: 'I was delighted to accept the invitation from the team at the Family Centre and to see how the £1,000 award was making a real difference to the community. The NatWest Community Fund which was set up as part of our banking charter really has captured the imagination of the public and I am delighted the awards went to three such deserving good causes.'
Aidan Burley MP added: 'It was a pleasure to join Brendan at the West Chadsmoor Family Centre to witness firsthand how this very valuable money is being spent. It is great to see NatWest supporting local charities and projects like the Family Centre in Chadsmoor, which make a huge difference to local communities. It would be tragedy if the centre closed - and I encourage all people who use the centre or who know people who use it, local business men and women and volunteers to think about ways to help fundraise to keep it open. All ideas should be directed to Claire Wixon and MP Help Zone.'
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