Bank grant boosts PIPS

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PIPS Upper Bann has received a £5,000 grant from the Santander Foundation to fund bereavement support, counselling, training courses and distress helpline.

The grant was provided via the bank’s Community Plus initiative which provides grants of up to £5,000 for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The scheme is open to small local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials.

This grant will enable PIPS Upper Bann to continue to provide bereavement support to those bereaved by suicide, one to one counselling, training such as ASIST, Understanding Traumatic Grief and Safe Talk etc. and providing a distress helpline for those in need.

Stephen Shanks (Chairperson) at PIPS Upper Bann said: “we would like to thank Jeff Smyth and all those involved at Santander for selecting PIPS Upper Bann to receive this grant. This money will go a long way in helping those in need and help promote positive mental health and wellbeing in our Community.

Jeff Smith at Santander’s Lurgan branch said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance. We are delighted to be supporting PIPS Upper Bann and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”