The Yorkshire Building Society has said ‘thanks a million’ to the Chalfont St Peter community for helping to raise £1million for its End Youth Homelessness (EYH) partnership.
The Society’s Chalfont St Peter branch, on High Street, has raised £720 for EYH in the three-and-a-half-year partnership that has helped over 440 young people and 95 dependent children into their own rented homes.
EYH is a national movement of local charities working together to end youth homelessness in the UK.
An estimated 110,000 young people in the UK were homeless or at risk of homelessness last year, including 68 young people in The Chilterns who contacted their local authority in 2018/19.
The money has been raised through activities such as colleague fundraising, public donations, innovative savings accounts, and donations from the Yorkshire Building Society.
Louise Fernandes, manager of the Chalfont St Peter branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “I want to thank everyone in the community here in Chalfont St Peter that has supported our partnership with EYH.
“This has enabled us to help hundreds of homeless young people move into their own homes and provide them with the support they need to rebuild their future. Through our partnership, we have helped young people to overcome some of the enormous financial barriers of living independently like rental deposits, the first month’s rent, or household essentials and furniture.”
Nicholas Connolly, managing director for EYH, said: “The hugely successful fundraising by Yorkshire Building Society will fund its first year of operation. We want to say a huge thank you to colleagues and customers at the Society for their support, which has helped change the lives of homeless young people.”