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Skipton Building Society recycles its scrap as charity cash to support local hospice

30 August 2016 by Roy Prenton

Money raised by recycling our scrap metal has been handed over to a North Yorkshire hospice.

Money raised by recycling scrap metal and from a Family Fun Day has been handed over to a local hospice by Skipton Building Society.

Following a break-in at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope earlier this year, colleagues at the society came to the rescue by replacing some of the items that were stolen. A donation of £1,000 was made at the time and members of the building services team installed new lights and burglar alarms to improve security.

In addition, the society decided that the money it receives from recycling metal every month should be donated to Manorlands and the first amount for £934 was handed over to hospice officials, along with £1,336 raised at the society’s second Family Fun Day.

Hundreds of colleagues from Skipton’s Head Office at The Bailey and its branch network and their families enjoyed entertainment, including live music, children’s games, a barbecue and tombola stall.

The society has long been a keen supporter of Manorlands and colleagues, their relatives and friends have been cared for there. Last year a third of the hospice’s patients were referred to its services from the Craven area and its community nurse specialists provided more than 1,000 visits to people living in the Craven area.

Carly Brunskill, Manorlands Hospice Fundraiser, said: “We are so thankful to Skipton Building Society and their colleagues for their ongoing support of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Their donations are helping us to continue to provide incredible care to our patients and their families in the hospice or in their own homes.”

If you wish to help support Manorlands hospice, visit or visit @SRManorlands or at You can also contact the fundraising office on 01535 640430 or email: or

PICTURE: Ready for a 'scrap' are. from the left, Skipton Building Society's Sameera Yasmeen, Manorlands fund-raiser Carly Brunskill, Heath Brewood, from the society's building services team, Staff Nurse Natalie Long.

Editors' notes

  1. Skipton is the UK’s fourth largest building society, with over 858,000 customers, £18.9bn of assets and a national presence represented by its network of 95 branches and 3 agencies. Skipton offers mortgages, savings and restricted financial advice. It heads the Skipton Building Society Group, whose subsidiary companies include Skipton International Limited and significant interests in estate agency and related businesses through the Connells group.
  2. Skipton’s mortgages and savings were independently endorsed with 136 independent media best-buy table mentions in the first six months of 2016.
  3. 2016 saw Skipton named for the second year running as one of the UK’s Top 100 Companies to Work For. The Society climbed 11 places to 47th position in the Sunday Times list which is widely acknowledged as the most searching and extensive research into employee engagement carried out in the country. In 2016 Skipton also achieved a double success at the MoneySuperMarket Supers awards - being named Best Cash ISA Savings Provider and Best Savings Account Provider. The Society was also named a Trusted Savings Account Provider in the 2016 Moneywise Customer Service Awards. In June Skipton Intermediaries scooped a Five Star Award at the FT Adviser Service Online Innovation and Service Awards. 2016 also saw the Society awarded a long service award from Investors in People in recognition of twenty years accreditation. Investors in People is recognised worldwide and holding Gold standard puts Skipton in the top 7% of all accredited organisations. In July 2016, Skipton has been declared the Best National Building Society 2016 in the What Mortgage Awards.
  4. In May 2016, global ratings agency Fitch upgraded Skipton’s long-term IDR to A- (from BBB+) with a stable outlook and its short-term IDR upgraded to F1 (from F2). Skipton Building Society is also rated by Moody’s (Baa2/P-2 with a stable outlook).

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