Building society’s boost for Bridlington Lifeboat

Yorkshire Building Society - Julie Johnson with Bridlington Lifeboat coxswain and mechanic Stuart McKie.

Yorkshire Building Society - Julie Johnson with Bridlington Lifeboat coxswain and mechanic Stuart McKie.

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A BUIILDING society has helped a charity reach its fund-raising target of £100,000 four months early.

Staff at the Bridlington branch of Yorkshire Building Society, Prospect Street, were raising money for the RNLI and celebrated their donation with the Bridlington lifeboat crew, on Friday September 7.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation had set the challenge to staff at branches nationwide, to raise £50,000 for the RNLI, its charity of the year, which they pledged to match pound for pound.

The Foundation was aiming to reach the target by the end of the year, but after help from the Bridlington branch, the target has been met four months early.

Julie Johnson, manager of the branch on Prospect Street, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have been able to make a significant contribution to the £100,000 donation to the RNLI.

“We have built a great relationship with the Bridlington crew and flew the flag for the charity by volunteering to help out on the station’s recent flag day.

“Hitting our target four months early is just brilliant, but we couldn’t have done it without support from the people of Bridlington.”

The building society has another four months to continue fundraising for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Money raised by the society, customers and members of the public will be used by the RNLI to train its lifeboat crew, and lifeguards called to the rescue.