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Community Involvement

Your Society is committed to supporting and serving our local communities. 

Here are some of the ways we get involved;  

The Society provides financial support and practical assistance to local charities and organisations through its associated Charitable Foundation and the Society's Charity Day Off scheme, which gives all members of staff a day off each year to work with local charities and good causes.

Alongside the Charitable Foundation and Charity Day Off scheme, we also get involved with many local community based events covering a range of activities. 

Litter Pick 2017
Litter Pick 2017
Throughout 2017 MHBS team members have volunteered each month to litter pick along the River Welland, working with the Market Harborough Environment Group. The different groups have cleared away an array of items including footballs, scooters, shopping trolleys and mobile phones. We are proud to be involved.

Jolly Jumper Day
Jolly Jumper Day 2017

In December the Society organised a Jolly Jumper day to raise money for three local hospices; LOROS, Cransley and Rainbows. The money raised was divided equally between the three charities. Everybody got involved and looked very festive!

Christmas Tree Light Switch On
Christmas Tree Light Switch On 2017

The Society was delighted to mark the countdown to Christmas by hosting the annual Christmas Tree Light Switch On  - it was a great success! Everyone was invited to join us in the branch for mince pies and Christmas cake and Father Christmas was in his grotto for Children to visit. By 6pm a huge crowd had gathered to countdown to the Christmas Tree lights being switched on. The winner of our Christmas Tree decoration competition, Lucie Percival turned on the lights with Mark Robinson.

Halloween 2017

Throughout October several of the branches displayed 'spooky' masks created by youngsters from nearby schools and preschools.

LOROS Yellow Day
LOROS Yellow Day 2017

To raise money for LOROS our Mortgage Processing team organised a Yellow Day for Head Office. There was an assortment of yellow items worn from hi-vis jackets to yellow socks and yummy treats to match. The day raised more than £130.00 for LOROS.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
MacMillan Coffee Morning 2017

In September the Society participated with the Macmillan Coffee Morning with both Head Office and the branch network all taking part. There was an interdepartmental challenge to find the Society's 'star baker' and we raised an amazing £890.00 for MacMillan!

Arts Fresco
Arts Fresco 2017

The Society was delighted to be at the heart of Arts Fresco 2017. Despite the weather, the event attracted 1,000s of visitors to the town. There was a really eclectic mix of acts performing throughout the day; the Society manned the information stand on The Square and sponsored the Children's Village where there was an array of activities including face painting, a mystery trail and circus skills.

Harborough by the Sea
Harborough by the Sea 2017

On 31 July, the Society supported the town's annual Harborough by the Sea event, by handing out buckets, spades and beach balls to children playing in the sandpits. Throughout the day, sandcastle competitions took place - there were some wonderful creations! All donations received were sent to Rainbows Hospice.

Air Ambulance
Market Harborough Air Ambulance Coffee Morning

On 21 June Market Harborough Branch hosted a coffee morning to raise money for Air Ambulance. There was a great selection of home baked cakes available and the branch team raised over £130.

Kettering Cycle Tour 2017
Kettering OVO Cycle Tour Coffee Morning
As the cyclists of the OVO Cycling Race passed through Kettering Town Centre on 7 June, spectators were invited to join Kettering branch for tea and cake. The day was a huge success and the branch team raised over £50 for Cransley Hospice!

Carnival of Running 2017
Proud sponsors of Carnival of Running 2017
The Carnival of Running is one of the Society's main sponsorship events of the year! We handed out over 850 bottles of water to the runners at the first water station, presented every runner with a medal as they crossed the finish line and of course had some of our own athletes participate in the run!

Air Ambulance - Corby
Corby Air Ambulance Coffee Morning
In May, our Corby Branch held a coffee morning to raise awareness of Air Ambulance. Customers were invited to join them for a piece of cake and a cup of tea, all donations went to the Air Ambulance.

Kibworth Coffee Morning
Kibworth Coffee Morning for GEMS Charity
On Friday 5th May, our Kibworth branch hosted a coffee morning in aid of their local charity, GEMS who were celebrating their 5th Birthday. Customers were invited to join the branch for tea and cake and over £175 was raised for the GEMS charity.


Easter Bonnet Parade
Easter Bonnet Parade 2017
The children from Progress House Nursery had made their own Easter Bonnets, they met up outside the front of the Market Harborough branch. They then put on their bonnets and got ready to parade around the square – 3 times! The weather was ideal for them. Once the parade was over they handed in their bonnets to Market Harborough branch where they were displayed. Members of the public could pop into the branch and vote for their favourite.
Nevaeh Hartley-Edwards, age 4, said ‘My favourite part was wearing my hat, I had lots of fun'.

LOROS Twilight Walk 2017
Twilight Walk 2017
On Saturday 8 April 2017, a group of 15 ladies from the MHBS team took part in the 10K Twilight Walk for LOROS. It was a ladies only event and the theme was ‘Myths and Magic’. Here is a photo montage from the event. The group raised a grand total of £910 for LOROS.
MH branch Easter bonnet parade
Easter Bonnet Parade 
Aviva Women's cycle tour 2016 
Aviva Women's Cycle Tour
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2016 
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Local charity cheque donations 
Local charity cheque donations
Arts Fresco Audience Choice Awards 2016 
Arts Fresco Audience Choice Awards

For further details of how we can support a local organisation or event, write to our Marketing Department, or email

Please also see our Charitable Foundation.

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