A building society branch has continued supporting young people with complex autism with its fantastic fundraising efforts in 2023.

Prior’s Court received an incredible £4,297.37 donation from Newbury Building Society’s Hungerford branch.

The donation came about as Prior’s Court has been the branch’s Charity of the Year for the past 12 months.   

Over that period, staff at the branch have raised money by completing a sponsored walk, and more fundraising activities.

The money will go to Prior’s Court’s ongoing Performing Arts Centre fundraising appeal. The centre will provide a facility on-site at Prior’s Court which is bespoke to the needs of young people with complex autism, empowering them to access the transformational power of the performing arts.

Staff from Newbury Building Society were welcomed to the Prior’s Court site on Thursday, 21 December to see first-hand where their donation will make a difference and get involved in the festive activities taking place at the charity which supports young people with autism and complex needs.

Matthew Wilding and Molly MacLean from Newbury Building Society in Santa’s Grotto with “Santa and Mrs Claus” (Ryan Campbell, Prior’s Court CEO, and Sue Piper, Prior’s Court Director of Learning) during their visit to and Prior’s Court. Photo courtesy of Michael Harden.

Natalie Norris, Prior’s Court’s Fundraising Manager, said:

Newbury Building Society has been long-term supporters of Prior’s Court, with regular fundraising, volunteering and helping us with events, and we were honoured once again to be the Hungerford Branch’s Charity of the Year. We are hugely grateful to the staff at the branch for continuing to fundraise and we hope they enjoyed coming on site to see first-hand the incredible work our staffing teams do and our amazing young people.

Matthew Wilding, NBS Hungerford and Thatcham Branch Manager, said:

We had a wonderful visit to Prior’s Court just before Christmas and got to see lots of young people enjoying some fantastic festive activities. We even got to meet Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, and their reindeer. It was also fantastic to hear about what is going on with the Performing Arts Centre fundraising appeal which we have supported since its launch.

Get more information about the appeal