Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield visited his local TSB branch in Newton Aycliffe last month to present the branch’s Local Charity Partner for 2016/17, Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group with a cheque for £958 and to hear how TSB is supporting the local community.

During the visit, Phil met with TSB Bank Manager, Victoria McNary, before being given a tour of the branch and chatting at length with staff, hearing first-hand about how TSB is supporting customers in our community.

Phil presented Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group, which provides support and advice to people living with cancer, as well as practical assistance with patient transport and social events, with a cheque for £958. The money was raised by Partners and customers through various fundraising activities during the past year including book sales and raffles.

Great North Air Ambulance, were, welcomed by Phil as TSB Newton Aycliffe’s new Local Charity Partner for 2017/18.

Phil said “It was a pleasure to visit the Newton Aycliffe branch of TSB to meet the Partners and to see the excellent work they are doing to support local charities. I’m really glad to see TSB reaching out to try support small and medium enterprises in the area and to find out what’s going on in the Bank since it relaunched back onto high streets in 2013.”

Victoria McNary, Bank Manager, says: “Our Local Charity Partnership programme is about working to help support local causes that are the lifeblood of many communities across Britain.

“We were delighted to meet with Phil Wilson MP and not only explain how TSB is supporting its customers and the local community but to show him by having our Local Charity Partners in the branch. The team has worked really hard over the past year to raise the vital funds the charity needs, it’s great to see the difference our work will have. We are also thrilled to welcome Great North Air Ambulance as our new Local Charity Partner – we can’t wait to start our fundraising activities.”

TSB has given more than £1.7 million to local causes across Britain since its local charity partnerships launched in 2015. This year a record 27,000 nominations were received from local charities across the country to join the programme which sees TSB Partners from 550 branches and eight office sites volunteer and raise money on behalf of the chosen charities.

TSB’s sole focus is to serve local people and businesses which, in turn, helps fuel local economies across Britain. Instead of having a centrally chosen charity of the year, Partners working at TSB choose the cause they want to support. Once chosen, each branch or site is given an initial donation by TSB to kick-start the partnership.

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