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Bank's money can be trusted

By East Kent Mercury

Representatives of an 'ethical' bank visited Martha Trust last week to see the work being done with the money it invested.

Charity Bank uses its savers' money to make loans soley to charities and social enterprises.

As part of Good Money Week, representatives from the bank visited Martha Trust, in Hacklinge, on October 23.

Julie Gayler, director of merketing at Martha Trust, said "A series of loans from Charity Bank has enabled us to increase the number of residential and respite care places we offer and far more quickly than if we'd raised the capitl through fundraising alone.

"Our aim is to make sure that the people we support enjoy as full and active a life as possible. All three of our homes are bright, modern and purpose built and offer the young people and adults who live there a safe and stimulating home for life."

Martha Trust offers day, respite and residential care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities in Kent and Sussex.

Patrick Crawford, chief executive of Chairty Bank, said: "At Charity Bank, money has a moral compass. When guided by good intentions, it embarks on a journey to care for and protect people and the wonders of nature."

Mr Crawford explained that avoiding the risk of money going to "unsavoury" destinations such as the arms trade, gambling or tobacco, or industries where workers are exploited. Charity Bank's aim was to be ethical in its business.

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