Nationwide building society on East Ham High Street celebrates 50th birthday
PUBLISHED: 07:51 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 09 August 2018
Nationwide building society in East Ham is celebrating its 50th birthday today (Thursday).
The branch, on East Ham’s High Street North, was converted from a ladieswear store in 1958.
Long-standing customers, staff, and directors are being invited for a party to celebrate the milestone.
“We do a lot of work in the community and we have our own community board,” Pat Rao said, who’s worked at the branch for 30 years.
“We support the bigger charities, like Macmillan and Shelter, but we try to help our local community in particular.
“We’ve stayed so long because of that – it’s not all about making money.”
Customers who use the building society on the day will be invited to join in, with food and a birthday cake to mark the occasion.
Pat, 53, was given time off work when she developed cancer, and said the company does well because it looks after its staff.
“They listen to you about needs you have outside of work,” she said.
“I couldn’t work when I was ill and they supported me, asking what they can do.”
The party will begin at 10am and last until around 1pm.