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Nationwide building society on East Ham High Street celebrates 50th birthday

PUBLISHED: 07:51 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 09 August 2018

The building society in East Ham High Street North in 1970, a few years after it opened. Picture source: Pat Rao

The building society in East Ham High Street North in 1970, a few years after it opened. Picture source: Pat Rao

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Nationwide building society in East Ham is celebrating its 50th birthday today (Thursday).

The Nationwide building society in East Ham now. Picture source: Pat RaoThe Nationwide building society in East Ham now. Picture source: Pat Rao

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.

The Nationwide in East Ham's High Street does work to improve inclusivity and diversity. Picture: NationwideThe Nationwide in East Ham's High Street does work to improve inclusivity and diversity. Picture: Nationwide

“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.

Stephen Timms, MP of East Ham, visiting the branch. Picture: NationwideStephen Timms, MP of East Ham, visiting the branch. Picture: Nationwide

“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.

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