Warrenpoint man explains charity work to top UK banker

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Warrenpoint man Tony Reynolds has shown one of Lloyds Bank senior executives how charitable donations from the bank are used to benefit disadvantaged groups in Northern Ireland.

Matthew Young (right), Lloyds Banking Group’s Corporate Affairs Director, visited Belfast to see how charitable donations from the bank are used to benefit disadvantaged groups in Northern Ireland

Matthew Young, Lloyds Banking Group’s Corporate Affairs Director, heard how the bank’s £1.8 million contribution last year was used to support 533 community and voluntary projects through the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland. The Foundation, which is independent from the bank, has supported almost 6,000 local charities across Northern Ireland over the past 25 years to the tune of £27 million with its six grant programmes. Lloyds Banking Group was recently named in the Directory of Social Change Company Giving Almanac as one of the biggest supporters of charity in the UK, giving 25% of all donations from the financial sector. While in Northern Ireland, Mr Young met with a range of organisations that have benefited from the Foundation’s grants and also toured the award-winning Skainos Project in East Belfast, which had previously received funding to help with the organisation’s catering and meals on wheels project for the elderly in East Belfast. Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland, said, “The grant programme assists grassroots charities and organisations to reach out and help meet the needs of the most disadvantaged in society. “This was Matthew Young’s first visit to Northern Ireland and we were delighted to be able to show him some of the excellent projects that have benefited from the funding provided by the bank.” During his visit he also met representatives from other groups supported by Foundation grants including: CO3 – the association of Third Sector leaders; Caring Breaks, which offers respite breaks for carers; The NOW Project for adults with learning disabilities; and ARC Healthy Living, which aims to improve the well being of local people in Fermanagh through community health activities and services. Matthew Young, who joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2011, said, “It is only by coming to see the great work that Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland has helped to fund on the ground can you appreciate the impact it is having on so many lives. “The bank is very proud of its association with the Foundation and the work it does with grassroots charities.”
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