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Progressive Building Society gives back to local charities

Staff at Progressive Building Society raised over £1,000 for local charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which promotes and develops heart screening programmes and supports young people diagnosed with cardiac conditions  
Kathryn Lamont

It has been a busy few months for Progressive Building Society branches across Northern Ireland as managers and staff have been taking part in activities to raise funds for a range of local charities.

The team in Newtownards organised a sponsored dog walk at Crawforsdburn Country Park raising over £1,000 for local charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which promotes and develops heart screening programmes and supports young people diagnosed with potentially life threatening cardiac conditions.

Elaine and her team at the Bangor branch have been working hard to promote the work of the Alzheimer’s Society which is leading the fight against dementia. Employees have been busy knitting Easter chicks which were sold in the branch, organising a coffee morning, holding a money collection day at Bloomfields and planning a charity quiz night taking place in September.

Staff in the Derry branch have been supporting The Down’s Syndrome Association with an initial £5,000 being awarded by Progressive and further fundraising of over £2,000 by staff which will go towards providing training for parents and carers and workshops for people with Down’s syndrome to help improve their self-esteem and confidence.

Progressive’s Head Office and also the Ballymena, Glengormley and Portadown branches have been working to fundraise for their respective charities which include Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, NI Hospice, TInylife and Marie Curie.

Speaking about the branches’ charity work Darina Armstrong chief executive of Progressive Building Society, said: “At Progressive, we are actively involved in all the communities we serve and our staff are committed to supporting our charity work. We are proud to be supporting such a range of worthwhile causes and since the beginning of the year the branches have worked hard to raise much needed funds with more activities planned for the remainder of the year.”

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