White House Gets Customers’ Votes in Dudley

The West Brom’s Merry Hill branch announces the winners of its Community Counts initiative to support local charities.

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The West Brom’s Merry Hill branch announces the winners of its Community Counts initiative to support local charities.

Cancer support services in Dudley have received a welcome boost following a donation from a local building society.

The West Brom branch at Merry Hill presented White House Cancer Support with £500 after the charity was selected in a customer vote.

The money will help fund services for cancer patients and their carers, including counselling, support groups, transport, complementary therapies and social activities such as arts and crafts.

Chris Barron, manager of White House Cancer Support, said: “We have to raise around 40% of our overall funding costs every year in order to continue helping local cancer patients, so kind donations like this from the West Brom are hugely appreciated.

“We provide support for people throughout the borough living with all types of cancer. This has been another great benefit of linking up with the building society, raising awareness among their customers about what we do.”

“We provide support for people throughout the borough living with all types of cancer. This has been another great benefit of linking up with the building society, raising awareness among their customers about what we do.”

White House Cancer Support was founded nearly 30 years ago by Elizabeth Harris, a cancer patient looking for support and information to tackle her diagnosis. It began as a small group meeting in her home, but now has its own drop-in centre on Ednam Road, approximately 2,600 registered members and a network of 100 volunteers. 

Chris said: “Cancer Support started from humble beginnings and has grown to become an essential resource for the local community. Our objectives remain unchanged, namely to help cancer patients by sharing experiences with others in a similar position.

“Talking to someone in a non-medical environment who understands exactly what you’re going through can have a very powerful and positive effect.” 

The West Brom at Merry Hill made its donation through the Society’s Community Counts scheme, where customers vote for who will take a share of a £1,000 charity pot. Runners up Headway Black Country and Cruse Bereavement Care received £250 each. 

Claire Page, Merry Hill branch manager, said: “We really believe in supporting the community and the good causes that do so much to improve the lives of local people. White House Cancer Support was a popular choice with our customers and I am thrilled to make this donation on their behalf.”

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