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Darlington Building Society CEO provides 160 nights accommodation for homeless

Darlington Building Society’s Chief Executive, Colin Fyfe, is helping to provide 160 nights shelter for homeless people in Darlington.

Colin has raised £2,400 from donations in support of his running challenges and Darlington Building Society has doubled Colin’s target making a total of £4,800.

Colin has completed both the Manchester and Darlington 10k runs for the 700 Club.

The 700 Club helps vulnerable people within Darlington who are, or who are at risk of, becoming homeless.

To celebrate its 160th anniversary, the Darlington Building Society is aiming to raise £160,000 for local causes through a variety of activities and events that are occurring throughout the year, one of which is Colin’s commitment to provide 160 nights shelter for homeless people. The Society will also give 160 volunteering days to help local charities and community groups, using the time and skills of staff with the target of helping 160 local causes throughout the year.

Colin said: “It is a great honour to be working with the 700 Club in providing 160 night’s shelter for homeless people across Darlington. Being homeless is something most of us couldn’t even imagine, so to be able to provide shelter, something that many of us take for granted, is absolutely fantastic.

“It was a tough challenge, but completely worth it when we see the end result and help some of society’s most vulnerable.

“Throughout the year Darlington Building Society has and will continue to raise money and support many local causes and this particular project has real synergy with DBS. I could not be more proud of all of my staff that put their all into helping others.”

John Elliston from 700 Club, said: “It is fantastic to be working with Colin and Darlington Building Society on such a vital project. Homelessness or the risk of it is something that has a devastating effect on so many lives and families. Providing 160 night’s shelter will enable homeless people to have somewhere to go to keep warm and get the help they need.

“Darlington Building Society is a strong presence in the local community and supportive of many local causes, it is great to be working alongside them.”

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