Charities given £1,000 each in community giving initiative

Four people From left, Mark Gridley and Karen Barnett from Haven Torbay; Jon Rawley from Skipton Building Society and...

From left, Mark Gridley and Karen Barnett from Haven Torbay; Jon Rawley from Skipton Building Society and Chris Milner from Mr Mortgages - Credit: Submitted

A Torbay-based financial services business has presented £1,000 each to two local charities.

Mark Rainey, who owns Mr Mortgages, nominated The Thrive Project for Skipton Building Society’s community giving initiative, while Chris Milner, who works alongside Mark providing mortgage advice to Torbay residents, nominated Haven Torbay.

Skipton’s community giving was open to brokers across the country, with 40 pots of £1,000 made available and Skipton asking financial service companies to nominate a housing or homeless charity they wished to support.

Mark and Chris were delighted to see their nominations chosen and the funds will support the ongoing work both charities provide in Torbay.

Mark Shephard from the Thrive Project is presented with a cheque by Caroline Rainey from Mr Mortgages

Mark Shephard from the Thrive Project with Caroline Rainey from Mr Mortgages - Credit: Submitted

The Thrive Project operates from a base in Winner Street, Paignton, and provides support services and a community larder.

Run by volunteers, Thrive offers practical help to get vulnerable people into housing alongside access to a computer and advocacy work.

Mark and Rachel Shephard, who are the driving force behind the charity, were delighted to learn of the nomination and award.

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Mark said: “We’re so grateful to get these funds. Running the centre and providing the facilities we offer is difficult without donations and funding.

"We were so pleased Mark chose to nominate Thrive and so thankful to Skipton Building Society for their donation.”

Haven Torbay, based at St Andrew’s Church in Sands Road, Paignton, was set up in 1998 and is run by ten volunteers.

It is committed to help people move on from often troubled or chaotic lives and is entirely financed by gifts.

This year they’ve seen an increase in those requiring their services which range from night shelter, hot meals and support with temporary housing.

Karen Barnett and Mark Gridley from the charity said: “It’s amazing to be awarded this donation and we are very grateful and thankful to Chris Milner for the nomination.

"We’ve had more demand for food over the last few months and this £1,000 will allow us to buy a new freezer to store food ready for preparation.

"It will also allow us to support our users with IT skills and access to a computer. Without this facility, it’s so hard for vulnerable people to get the support and practical help they need to reach a better place and have the life they hope for.” 

Chris Milner was delighted to be able to support this local charity via Skipton’s annual charitable giving scheme. He said: “I’m passionate about trying to support local charities and Haven does such an amazing job for those needing their services.”

Skipton’s Torbay-based business development manager, Jon Rawley, said: “As a building society we’ve been helping people buy and improve their homes for more than 160 years.

"Community giving has been a great success. We invited financial intermediaries to nominate charities and it’s been great to see local charities benefitting.

“The work the teams at the Thrive Project and Haven Torbay do to support those in need is phenomenal.

"It was nice to meet the people at both charities and understand a little more about the breadth of work they provide.

"With the additional challenges faced by many charities this year I’m sure these funds will help.”