Happy ending as Darlington Building Society donation helps inspire young readers

Happy ending as Darlington Building Society donation helps inspire young readers

Published: 02 December 2021

Darlington Building Society has donated £2,710 to help inspire a new generation of readers after Cockerton Library applied through the Society’s 5% Pledge.

The money will be used to buy furniture for the 51-year-old library, which has just been refurbished by Darlington Borough Council.

Jonathan Snee, Branch Manager at the Society’s Tubwell branch in Darlington along with Network Branch Manager, Amy Walker, and Customer Service Consultant, Adam Swainston, presented the cheque at the official re-opening of the library last week.

Cockerton Library is one of the Local 5 good causes chosen by the Tubwell branch and Jonathan said: “This donation is part of an ongoing commitment we’ve made to the library, which is at the heart of the local community. It’s not just about the money, we’ll be backing it up with volunteer support for events such as summer reading programmes.”

The Society’s involvement with Cockerton Library is particularly poignant for Adam, who grew up locally and made frequent use of the building when he was a child.

“I have such fond memories of spending time in the library, so it’s a cause really close to my heart,” he explained.

The refurbishment of the library also features new windows, flooring, lighting, and a complete redecoration, as well as the furniture being paid for by the Society’s donation.

Darlington Library Manager, Suzy Hill, said: “The financial support from Darlington Building Society is massive for us but it means much more than that. It’s the belief the Society has shown in the value of the services we are providing for local people, and that’s just wonderful.”

Council leader, Councillor Heather Scott, added: “We are thrilled to have the support of Darlington Building Society. Apart from the financial donation being extremely welcome, it’s also knowing that the Society will continue to support the library through volunteering, and that’s such an important commitment.”

Mike Crawshaw, the council’s Head of Culture and Heritage, also praised the Society, saying: “Darlington Building Society has always been a tremendous supporter of the local community and this partnership will inspire a new generation of young readers in Cockerton.”

Jan Cossins, who has been councillor for Cockerton for the past 11 years, said the Society’s backing for the library would mean a lot to the local community.

“The fact that so many people have turned out for the re-opening shows how important the library is, and Darlington Building Society’s contribution is hugely appreciated by us all,” she said.

For more information about the 5% Pledge visit: www.darlington.co.uk/our-community