Stamford and Bourne building society branches run charity collections

Nationwide Building Society
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A building society is running a token scheme for customers to decide which charity should receive £500.

Branches of Nationwide in Stamford and Bourne are running the Community Match scheme until March 31.

Customers will be given a token to put into a box, selecting which charity they would like to get the money. The three charities are Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, The Histiocytosis Research Trust and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Thorpe Hall is raising money to build a new £6m hospice by March 2015 and has raised £1.6m so far.

The Histiocytosis Research Trust raises money for research into rare blood disorders. Stamford couple Andrea and Paul Scholes, of Kesteven Road, raised £24,000 for the charity during 2013 in memory of their two-year-old son Oliver.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers, based in Wisbech, supports children whose parents died serving in the Armed Forces.

Nationwide spokesman Stephen Uden said: “This is our way of directing money that would otherwise go to shareholders into the local community according to our members’ wishes.”

Each charity will receive £100 and the winner of the £500 will be announced in April.