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Christmas comes early for local organisations

By Eva Simpson
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TSB provides donations for branches to distribute to local groups in need.

JimJams for Jamie, Boston Women’s Aid and Frodsham Food Bank are just some of the good causes that are going to benefit from TSB’s support this Christmas.

Every year, hundreds of TSB branches across Britain get money to give to a local community group as a little extra support at this time of year.

The donations, from 304 branches, are used for a range of activities, including buying Christmas lunches for the elderly and vulnerable, and putting on parties for children who would otherwise miss out.

Communities in 26 areas, from Brechin in Scotland to Pitsea in Essex, will receive funds to switch on their Christmas lights. A further 140 branches have chosen to help groups that will provide meals or other food donations over the festive season.

JimJams for Jamie is a locally organised drive to collect new pyjamas for sick children staying in York District Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary at Christmas.

Louisa Jaynes for TSB’s York branch said: “Vicky Inglis, the organiser, lost her young son Jamie a few years ago, and before he passed away spent a lot of time with him in hospitals.

“She does this work to put a smile on the faces of the children on the wards, and who doesn't love a nice new pair of jimjams? We’ll use this money to buy as many pairs of pyjamas as we can to donate to this fab cause.”

Boston Women’s Aid provides much-needed care for vulnerable women and children all year round, but Christmas is a particularly difficult time.

Jayne Smith, branch manager of TSB Skegness said: “They’ll have families, including children, in a shelter over the Christmas period.

“Some will have been given shelter due to domestic abuse and will not have presents or even a Christmas meal. With this donation, they will be able to make sure the children have a Christmas that they deserve, without fear of being beaten or abused.”

TSB’s Christmas donations are part of the Bank’s approach to charitable giving, which supports small local causes that matter to its customers, rather than focusing on one, centrally chosen charity of the year.