Banks give cash to two charity groups

Co-Operative Bank branch manager Derek Adams presents a cheque for �1000 to Gregor McGregor and the Friends of the Pavilion group in Matlock Bath.
Co-Operative Bank branch manager Derek Adams presents a cheque for �1000 to Gregor McGregor and the Friends of the Pavilion group in Matlock Bath.

Community-spirited banks have donated money to good causes in the Dales.

Two charity groups are celebrating after being given cash boosts to help them carry out their work.

Community Spirit - Paul Bryan from NatWest meets Tom Pearson and workshop manager Bridget Jones as the Greenaway Workshop in Darley Dale receives �3000 from the NatWest Community Fund.

Community Spirit - Paul Bryan from NatWest meets Tom Pearson and workshop manager Bridget Jones as the Greenaway Workshop in Darley Dale receives �3000 from the NatWest Community Fund.

Greenaway workshop, in Greenaway Lane, Darley Dale, has been given £3,000 from NatWest Bank.

Last month the bank asked residents how it should spend its community fund and the workshop, which provides disabled adults with work, came out as the number one choice.

The money will help provide new storage space and pay for essential rewiring work to be carried out.

Manager Bridget Jones said: “We were overwhelmed to come out as the top choice. I think the people that do know about us realise what a good job we are doing for people with a disability.”

Paul Bryan, NatWest’s Senior bank manager for the Peak District, visited the workshop on Monday. He said: ‘The NatWest Community Fund which was set up as part of our banking charter has really captured the imagination of the public and we have been overwhelmed by the volume of votes received for the good causes.”

Matlock Bath Pavilion Group has also been given a charitable donation.

The group has received a £1,000 from The Co-operative Bank to put towards the transformation of the pavilion into a multi purpose arts and entertainment hub, to the benefit of the community.

The donation forms part of The Co-operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund which has given away over £70,000 to worthwhile causes across the UK since the start of 2010.

Nick Whitehead, treasurer of Matlock Bath Pavilion Group, said: “We’re going to use the money donated to us by The Co-operative Bank to fund the creation and distribution of a booklet, communicating the proposed plans and restoration of the pavilion. The booklet will be distributed to local residents and will also contain information to encourage them to get involved in the campaign.

John Hughes, business leader at The Co-operative Bank, added: “At The Co-operative Bank, we’re extremely proud of our status as a member-owned organisation.

“We strive to support our local communities wherever and whenever possible. The Matlock Bath Grand Pavilion sounds like a fantastic project and we’re delighted to have been able to support its fundraising with our donation.”