Cotswold House has received £2,500 to improve the facilities and support it offers to homeless young women in Winsford.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Cotswold House provides accommodation for homeless women aged 16 to 36 years. The grant will be used to decorate and refurbish two rooms; one will become a multi-purpose space, and the other an informal relaxing area. Both rooms will be used to offer counselling, alternative therapies and various learning and support activities for the residents.

Angela Kandeh, Service Manager, Cotswold House said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Santander Foundation. The new facilities will make such a difference to improve the emotional wellbeing of our residents."

Mark Baker, Branch Director at Santander's Northwich branch said: "The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Cotswold House, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people."

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In 2014 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK.

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About Cotswold House

Cotswold House provides quality supported accommodation for homeless women aged 16 to 36 years. They have a total of 9 bedrooms at Cotswold House, which is situated in Winsford. They have 3 larger rooms which can house mum and one child up to the age of 2. All bedrooms are fully furnished. Cotswold House is a safe and homely environment which includes video door entry, CCTV and 24 hour staffing. For more information please visit:

About Santander

The Santander Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2014, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK. For more information please visit:

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2015, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 900 branches and 68 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.