Society Matters to building society

Pictured from left, Jennie Cummings-Knight (Age UK North Norfolk), Paul Ward (Age UK Norfolk), Judy

Pictured from left, Jennie Cummings-Knight (Age UK North Norfolk), Paul Ward (Age UK Norfolk), Judy Oliver (North Norfolk District Council), Sarah Oruc (Area Manager of N&P Norfolk Norfolk), David Gooch (Mayor of Sheringham), Clare Jermy (Branch Manager of N&P Sheringham), Charlotte Long (Customer Advisor at N&P Sheringham), Janet Eastwood (Dementia Friendly Committee steering group), Helen Chapman (Age UK Norfolk) - Credit: Archant

The Sheringham branch of Norwich & Peterborough (N&P) Building Society has been announced as a winner in the inaugural Society Matters Awards.

The branch, on the High Street, is one of 20 that has been recognised by the Society for its commitment to making a positive impact on its local community and responding to the issues that are important to its customers in Sheringham.

Society Matters is the name of the corporate responsibility programme of Yorkshire Building Society, which N&P is part of. It aims to make a genuine difference through charity fundraising, volunteering and community activities.

In 2015 colleagues and customers donated Christmas presents for children and teenagers to the Send a Smile with Santa appeal run by Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital.

Colleagues have also volunteered their time at Age UK taking part in a dementia awareness course where they learnt how to help people with the condition.

The Society offers every colleague up to 31 hours' paid leave to help out at a charity or good cause of their choice through its corporate volunteering programme.

The branch also in 2015 raised £1,065 for the Society's Hour of Need campaign which funds Marie Curie nursing care for people with a terminal illness. Every £20 funds one hour of care and customers and colleagues have raised the equivalent of more than 53 hours of Marie Curie nursing care.

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Clare Jermy, manager of the Sheringham branch of N&P, said: 'As an organisation, we believe that together with our members we can make a real difference in our local communities.

'I'm honoured that we have been recognised with a Society Matters Award for the work we have done in 2015 in support of the Sheringham community, and we will be continuing this work in 2016.'