The Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which are going the extra mile.

Twelve community groups across England were selected to share funding of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local areas, including St. George’s Crypt, which works with homeless and destitute adults. The services of the Crypt include an overnight centre, resettlement, training programmes, volunteering opportunities and skills training.

Now in its third year, the awards programme aims to recognise charities and not-for-profit organisations for the invaluable contributions they make to their local communities. Groups were invited to enter the awards scheme under one of three categories; financial education, employability and environment.

An overall winning group has been selected in each category securing £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended winners that were each awarded £5,000.

Douglas Campbell, Director of Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards recognise and support the important role that voluntary and charitable organisations play in their local communities. It has been inspiring to see the great work that is being done at grass roots level across the country.

“St. George’s Crypt in Leeds is an extremely deserving winner and has been recognised for its community spirit with this award from Yorkshire Bank.”

Cheryl Harrington, Lead Fundraiser for St. George’s Crypt, said: “St. George’s Crypt is delighted to be one of the winners selected for the Spirit of the Community Awards. St George’s Crypt has been around since 1930, providing immediate food and shelter to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“The funding will to go towards supporting our Training and Engagement programme with the aim of building confidence, self-esteem and employability skills through our Nurture Catering project while giving valuable work experience.”

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