Alun Williams Chief Executive at Swansea Building Society presents a cheque for 2500 to Lucia Osmond Centre Fundraising Manager at Maggies

Maggie’s Swansea has been chosen as Swansea Building Society’s official staff charity for the second year in a row, following a ballot of the Society’s staff.

Last year, Swansea Building Society raised an impressive sum of money for Maggie’s Swansea through a range of fundraising activities, including dress-down days, providing refreshments to customers, raffling an Easter hamper, a sponsored dog walk, open water swimming, and taking part in the Swansea Half Marathon.

The total raised during 2022 was £18,910, helping the charity to continue to deliver its vital services. This year, the Society hopes to surpass last year’s total and make an even bigger difference to the lives of those affected by cancer. So far, staff have arranged events including a raffle and cake sale and will again take part in a sponsored dog walk and the Swansea Half Marathon. There are also plans to introduce a fundraising golf day.

Located at Singleton Hospital, Maggie’s Swansea provides free practical, emotional, and social support to people with cancer, as well as their families and friends. The centre works in collaboration with conventional cancer therapies, offering a caring environment to provide support, information, and practical advice. This includes financial and benefits advice, support with treatment decisions, and access to other cancer services. In addition, Maggie’s Swansea also provides nutrition workshops, complementary therapies, and other services.

As a charity, Maggie’s relies on donations to continue its important work, and Swansea Building Society is proud to have contributed to the charity multiple times over recent years.

In addition to its support for Maggie’s Swansea, Swansea Building Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with many additional community and fundraising initiatives.

The largest of the Society’s centenary initiatives will see it donate £100,000 to local charities. The majority of the funds (£85,000) will be divided between three main charitable causes, with a further £15,000 remaining for the Society’s Swansea, Carmarthen, and Cowbridge branches to donate to charities related directly to their local communities.

Other Society initiatives during 2023 include: 100 days of volunteering, where the Society will encourage its staff to volunteer on local projects; and 100 trees planted, where Society staff have planted trees at Penllergare Valley Woods.

Alun Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Swansea Building Society, said:

“We are proud to continue our support for Maggie’s Swansea, and to help make a difference to those who are affected by cancer and their families. The charity provides invaluable support to its service users, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to its important work. Our commitment to supporting local communities is at the heart of everything we do, and we are proud to be celebrating our 100th anniversary this year. We look forward to continuing our support for Maggie’s Swansea and to making a positive difference to those who need it most.”

Lucia Osmond, Centre Fundraising Manager, Maggie’s Swansea, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Swansea Building Society for choosing Maggie’s Swansea as its official staff charity for the second year running. The support of the Society and its staff means so much to us, and we have been amazed by their generosity and commitment to our cause. The funds raised last year made a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer, and we are excited to see what this year will bring. Thank you to everyone at Swansea Building Society for their ongoing support.”