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Issue:- 31 October 2014

Liverpool community raises over £5,000 in memory of local father of 3

TRACEY Barry recently, tragically, lost her husband Tom. He leaves behind Tracey, their son, Sam, and Tracey's daughters, Eleanor and Esme.

Tracey recently became self employed after following her dream of designing and making beautiful, handcrafted jewellery and gifts. Due to the nature of the business, her income is irregular and the financial burden of paying for Tom's funeral is proving too much extra stress to bear in their darkest hours.

Now, the Liverpool community has rallied round for Tracey, raising over £5,000 on Yimby, the crowdfunding platform that allows anyone to make good things happen on the website.

Sandra Holgate, who set up the crowdfunding campaign, explains why she got involved:- "I used to work with Tracey and she is a genuine, kind-hearted person. I want to help Tracey and the children because I think this one small act of kindness of helping with the financial strain, which will mean so much to Tracey. The support received so far has been awesome and it has more than surpassed my hopes for what we could raise for Tracey and the kids. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Jack Sheldon, team lead at Yimby, said:- "The average funeral these days can cost thousands of pounds and it would likely be a struggle Tracey to meet these costs alone. This crowdfunding campaign has been a huge success and the £5,000 raised means Tom will be given the final send-off he deserves and supporters will know that they have helped a friend in need."

The Yimby campaign has raised £5,190 so far from a target of £2,000, with just over 3 weeks to go to raise even more. The money raised on Yimby will be spent on covering all of Tom's funeral costs and any leftover will help out the family.

To donate to the project or keep up to date with the running total, go to the campaign's Yimby page. To find out more about Yimby or set up a crowdfunding project, visit:-

Society gives cash gift to charities as part of 150th anniversary celebrations

A building society branch in Southport has given a cash boost to 5 local charities as part of celebrations to mark a milestone anniversary.

Yorkshire Building Society, on London Street, joined branches across the country to celebrate 150 years of the Society helping people save for their futures and buy their first homes, by calling on members of the public to nominate charities to receive £100.

The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation marked the occasion by giving away £150,000 as part of its annual Make a Difference Week, and five charities in Southport have received a share of the anniversary donation.

The charities benefitting, thanks to nominations from local residents are:-

► Jasper's Alley Cats
► Red Rose RDA
► Southport & North West Macular Support Group
► The Lancelots
► Spinal unit action group

Lyndsey Gynane, manager at the Southport branch, said:- "Our annual Make a Difference campaign is always very popular, but this year we've been able to support more charities than ever before thanks to the Charitable Foundation's generous donation to mark the Society's 150th anniversary.  I'm delighted that five worthwhile causes in our area are part of the hundreds of local charities the Society is supporting throughout the UK and I'm sure the money will be used to make a positive difference in our community."

Make a Difference Week is only possible thanks to Yorkshire Building Society's innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme, which enables members to donate the pennies from their annual interest on their savings and mortgages accounts each year to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

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