I n January, Market Harborough Building Society (MHBS) launched its Thrive Agenda, a promise to help its members, colleagues and community flourish and live full and positive lives.

Since it began, MHBS has donated over £100k to local food banks including several located in North Northamptonshire, to help support people impacted by the cost of living crisis. They’ve also invested £2m in a unique initiative to purchase six homes to provide affordable housing for those who need it most.

As part of the Thrive Agenda, employees are given two days a year during normal working hours to support community or charity projects in the local area. One project caught the attention of the Risk and Compliance Team; redecorating the top floor of Marlow House.

Marlow House is a day care centre, with an aim to improve the quality of life of older, isolated and more vulnerable people of varying ages in Rothwell, Desborough and the surrounding villages. It operates on the ground floor with a large function room on the first floor and has an adjoining kitchen and a lift, making the area a valuable social venue for hirers.

Diane the Manager at Marlow House commented, ‘This room was looking somewhat tired and unfit for purpose, hence the opportunity to really push ahead with refurbishing and marketing this unique resource.’’

The Compliance team at MHBS and some of their family members consequently took on the huge task of renovating the top floor. They worked for three days to sand, fill holes and paint everything.

Diane added, “This was a wonderful contribution to the redecoration of our building and we can now market this area with confidence, all thanks to the help of the hard-working smiling, and professional team at MHBS.’’

Jane Binns, Operation Risk and Resilience Manager at MHBS said, “It was a fantastic opportunity to help out this lovely organisation and give them a resource to help fund and support their future involvement within the local community.’’

The team’s support didn’t stop there as they provided a new patio set including table and chairs after theirs had recently been stolen and donated clothes to their charity shop in Desborough.

Pamela Goodman, Chair of Trustees at Marlow House said, “The invaluable time, hard work and donations have already made a difference to Marlow House and our clients.”

MHBS will continue to support this great organisation with more fundraising projects on the agenda. 

MHBS Helping The Community To Thrive