A building society branch has continued its support for our work supporting young people with complex autism.

We have received an incredible £2,423.92 donation from Newbury Building Society’s Hungerford branch.

The donation came about as we have been the branch’s Charity of the Year for the past 12 months.

Over that period, staff at the branch have raised money by organising book swaps, through the sale of their charity calendar, donations towards a Christmas hamper, and at the Hungerford Extravaganza.

The money will go towards building a ground-breaking performing arts centre, something that will enrich the lives of our young people by supporting them to access the transformational power of the performing arts, such increasing communicative, emotional and physical skills.

Staff from Newbury Building Society were welcomed to our site on Monday, 6 March to see first-hand where their donation will make a difference. There was a particular focus on showing them our Princess Theatre building which will be replaced as part of the arts centre fundraising appeal as it is, sadly, no longer fit for purpose.

Natalie Norris, our 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 for us 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, Senior Branch Manager at the NBS Hungerford branch, said "We want to thank Prior's Court for giving up some of your valuable time to show Alice, Sammie, Michael and myself your plans for the new Theatre later this year. It really is great seeing where all the money goes and sounds like an amazing project. I really enjoyed meeting [Prior's Court young adult] Jamie again, he gave a better presentation than I would have done!"

Find out more about the Let Me Shine Performing Arts centre appeal