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“I wish I’d known how achievable a loan could be”

Ruby’s Fund was given an ultimatum by its landlord – buy the property you’re renting or move out. The charity couldn’t afford the purchase price, couldn’t find another property, and couldn’t find a high-street bank willing to offer a loan.
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Folkestone Sports Centre Trust: Ready to hit the ground running

Closures due to the pandemic resulted in Folkestone Sports Centre losing over 90% of its income. With ongoing support from Charity Bank, it was ready to reopen as soon as circumstances allowed.
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Foresight North East Lincolnshire: hopeful for the future

On 17 March 2020, Foresight's new housing development was subject to an arson attack. Three days later the first lockdown was announced. With support from Charity Bank, the charity has overcome these difficulties and is feeling excited for the future again.
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Royal Society for Blind Children: Thriving under difficult circumstances

When COVID-19 hit, the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) feared it would have to drastically cut back services. Instead, with some hard work and a loan of £250,000 it has been able to adapt to online delivery and increase reach by 40%.
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Transforming Lives for Good: working towards a brighter future

Over the last 23 years, Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) has grown from a local youth centre to a national charity. Thousands more children can now gain qualifications, enjoy nutritious food and work towards a brighter future.
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Hope Church Ipswich: striving for its community

When COVID-19 hit, Hope Church feared its new community centre refurbishment would be stalled significantly. But with the help of Charity Bank, a loan and grant from the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has meant the centre was able to open sooner than hoped.
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DENS Bike Project: More than fixing bikes

DENS provides a wide range of services to support those facing homelessness, poverty, and social exclusion. We had the pleasure of visiting DENS to learn more about one of their social enterprises: The Bike Project.
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Recovering from the pandemic with the help of loan finance

One of Central YMCA’s main income streams was ravaged by the pandemic. Rather than draining its reserves, Central YMCA is using a £4m loan from Charity Bank to support its recovery. Kieran Connolly, Chief Resources Officer at Central YMCA, explains why.
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Central YMCA: The world’s first YMCA

Central YMCA was founded by an apprentice, 177 years ago. So it’s fitting that today, the London-based charity is helping thousands of young people to access apprenticeships nation-wide.