New charity partnership between Darlington Building Society and air ambulance

Taken: 6th October 2021 Great North Air Ambulance with Darlington Building Society Chief Customer Officer Darren Ditchburn Image Byline: Dave Charnley Photography.

Published date:  25 October 2021

Darlington Building Society has today announced a charity partnership with Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The partnership comes as part of the Society’s new affinity savings account, which aims to make a real difference and give back to the local community.

For every High 5 Saver account opened, the Society will donate £5 to GNAAS. It won’t cost account holders a penny and donations are being backdated to include all existing High 5 Saver accounts.

So far the initial donation to GNAAS is £605. Regular donations will capture new accounts going forward.

The funds will go to help the charity, which relies entirely on charitable donations, to continue its crucial lifesaving work.

Andy Mawson, director of operations at GNAAS, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen. The pandemic has been a tough time on all charities and we’re no different. But with this kind of support from local businesses, we will be able to continue our work throughout the region.

“Thanks to everyone at Darlington Building Society, and thanks in advance to all those who by signing up will be helping a local life-saving cause.”

Darren Ditchburn, Chief Customer Officer for the Society, added: “This is all about our staff working alongside our members to deliver support to the right organisations.

“The Great North Air Ambulance is one of the region’s most high profile and best loved charities, carrying out amazing life-saving work. We are delighted that it has been voted by our staff community impact group to receive a £5 boost every time a High 5 Saver account is opened.

“We are also backdating our donation to all accounts opened since the launch of the High Five Saver earlier this year. With the help of our members this means that we’ve already raised over £600.”