Darlington Building Society is using its community fund to support a local Street Angels project.
The Redcar branch has donated £100 from the Building Society’s community fund to the Redcar Beacons, a charity that helps vulnerable people in the area stay safe.
Redcar Beacon volunteers are present on the town’s high street on Friday and Saturday nights helping those in a vulnerable state.
Darlington Building Society’s donation will go towards purchasing new pairs of flip flops which are given to women who are unable to walk in their high heels and risk injury. The Beacons will also spend some of the donation on sweets for those who are suffering from low blood sugar due to high alcohol consumption.
The Redcar-based charity also provides training in conflict management and supplies first aid to those who need it.
To celebrate its 160th anniversary, Darlington Building Society plans to help raise £160,000 for local causes through a variety of activities and events that will be running throughout the year. It also will give 160 volunteering days to help local charities and community groups by using its time and skills.
Nicky Donaghue, Redcar Branch Manager at Darlington Building Society, said: “The Redcar Beacons do such a fantastic job keeping people safe who are out and about in Redcar at the weekend. It is scary to think of what could happen to people, especially young women, when they are at their most vulnerable so we are proud to support the work of the Redcar Beacons.”
“As small as a pair of flip flops, some water or something sugary seems it can actually make the world of difference to someone’s health and welfare.”
Anne Connelly, founder of Redcar Beacons, said: “We are so grateful for Darlington Building Society’s support, the work we do is vital in keeping people safe when they are helpless or out of control. We aim to provide a non-judgemental presence in Redcar that people feel comfortable coming to for help when they need it. We rely heavily on the generosity of others and we cannot thank Darlington Building Society enough for its donation which will help us to continue our care and support.”
Photo: l to r, Karen Watson, Trevor Bentley, Nicky Donaghue Redcar Branch Manager, Anne Connelly and Mel Winton.