As part of its 160th Anniversay celebrations, and coinciding with the 20th Birthday of the 700 Club, Colin Fyfe the CEO of the Society presented the CEO of the 700 Club, John Elliston, with a cheque for £4800 - sufficient to pay for 160 nights of accommodation in the 700 Club Lodge Project. Much of the money was raised by Colin himself, undertaking two 10K marathons. Thank you Colin. Thank you Darlington Building Society.

Froim the Northern Echo:

Anniversary year fundraising set to support Darlington's homeless for 160 nights
John Elliston from the 700 Club with Darlington Building Society’s chief executive, Colin Fyfe. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

ONE hundred and sixty nights of shelter will be provided to Darlington’s homeless people thanks to a generous donation from a building society boss. Darlington Building Society’s (DBS) chief executive, Colin Fyfe, raised £2,400 after completing the Darlington and Manchester 10k events in aid of the 700 Club. The cash was matched by DBS to provide £4,800 in support of the 700 Club’s efforts to help vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of losing shelter.

Mr Fyfe said: “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.”

To celebrate DBS’s 160th anniversary, staff hope to raise £160,000 for Darlington causes.

The 700 Club’s John Elliston said: “Providing 160 night’s shelter will enable homeless people to have somewhere to go to keep warm and get the help they need.”