Charities benefit from cash given by Burnley banking saviour

Dave Fishwick with his charity cheques and his staff, from left, David Henshaw, Chris Woods and Rachel Cowan

Dave Fishwick with his charity cheques and his staff, from left, David Henshaw, Chris Woods and Rachel Cowan

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

BANKING saviour Dave Fishwick has challenged high street banks to follow his lead after he gave thousands of pounds to charity.

Mr Fishwick donated money to six good causes at his money-lending hub, Burnley Savings and Loans, in Keirby Walk.

The minibus mogul also welcomed the questioning of payday loan bosses by the Government’s business select committee yesterday.

The Burnley branch of Parkinson’s UK, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Armitt’s Army Help for Heroes, Vikings 2009 Wheelchair Basketball Team, Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Histiocytosis Research Trust all shared a cut of the profits from the ‘Bank of Dave’.

Mr Fishwick pledged that more charities in Lancashire would receive donations before Christmas.

He said he was particularly pleased to support the Parkinson’s UK group as his own father, Anthony, suffers from the condition.

He said: “Different charities need different things. The money will be used to buy cancer equipment for Rosemere, for a special sports wheelchair for Simon Townley, a Burnley lad who plays for the Vikings.

“With Parkinson’s, East Lancashire is the only part of the county without a dedicated nurse to give injections.

“My dad has met with the Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson to raise this issue.

“It’s really important that we get a nurse for this area.”

Mr Fishwick said Burnley Savings and Loans had now donated more than £20,000 to more than 20 different charities in the past two years.

He also called for greater urgency in tackling problem payday lenders.

He said: “I just want somebody to listen to the points we put forward.

“It’s no good just saying this is a problem. We need to try doing things a different way.

“We’re making more profit than RBS and we’re giving it away. It feels brilliant.

The people who will benefit from this money are braver than any bank manager.”

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6:05pm Thu 7 Nov 13

Truth will out says...

I love the way this guy doesn't conform and sticks 2 fingers up to the banking establishment.

Would love to see if any of the major banks respond to this.
I love the way this guy doesn't conform and sticks 2 fingers up to the banking establishment. Would love to see if any of the major banks respond to this. Truth will out
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7:44pm Thu 7 Nov 13

noddy57 says...

Truth will out wrote:
I love the way this guy doesn't conform and sticks 2 fingers up to the banking establishment.

Would love to see if any of the major banks respond to this.
lf the banks do respond it wont be in the same way as mr fishwick,,they still have not paid back the billions the brown blair government gave them when they needed bailing out,,,
[quote][p][bold]Truth will out[/bold] wrote: I love the way this guy doesn't conform and sticks 2 fingers up to the banking establishment. Would love to see if any of the major banks respond to this.[/p][/quote]lf the banks do respond it wont be in the same way as mr fishwick,,they still have not paid back the billions the brown blair government gave them when they needed bailing out,,, noddy57
  • Score: 2

8:48pm Thu 7 Nov 13

Common_Sense1 says...

Well done Dave. He's well on his way to a well deserved knighthood. Self made millionaire and all round nice guy. He still looks out for those less fortunate that him and believes in hard work. I can't understand why anyone would bank with a big multi national corporation who just exist to line the pockets of senior executives. I really hope he keeps pushing his bank idea and opens more branches. It really seems like he can change the industry.
Well done Dave. He's well on his way to a well deserved knighthood. Self made millionaire and all round nice guy. He still looks out for those less fortunate that him and believes in hard work. I can't understand why anyone would bank with a big multi national corporation who just exist to line the pockets of senior executives. I really hope he keeps pushing his bank idea and opens more branches. It really seems like he can change the industry. Common_Sense1
  • Score: 4

10:57am Fri 8 Nov 13

DaveBurnley says...

Common_Sense1 wrote:
Well done Dave. He's well on his way to a well deserved knighthood. Self made millionaire and all round nice guy. He still looks out for those less fortunate that him and believes in hard work. I can't understand why anyone would bank with a big multi national corporation who just exist to line the pockets of senior executives. I really hope he keeps pushing his bank idea and opens more branches. It really seems like he can change the industry.
He won't get a knighthood, he rocks the establishment's cosy little system.
[quote][p][bold]Common_Sense1[/bold] wrote: Well done Dave. He's well on his way to a well deserved knighthood. Self made millionaire and all round nice guy. He still looks out for those less fortunate that him and believes in hard work. I can't understand why anyone would bank with a big multi national corporation who just exist to line the pockets of senior executives. I really hope he keeps pushing his bank idea and opens more branches. It really seems like he can change the industry.[/p][/quote]He won't get a knighthood, he rocks the establishment's cosy little system. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 0

3:34am Sat 9 Nov 13

Timefor says...

Well done, David Fishwick. I have waited a day or two before posting a comment, however, here goes.

What strikes me most is that, David Fishwick is a) employing staff; b) generating profits; and c) distributing the profit for "community good". So, wouldn't it just be great if this became the norm rather than, as seems to be the case now, greed for profits to line (often already bulging) bank accounts and or own more and more of any given area of the business world.

What I have been wrestling with is something about the purpose of money can't just be for the two reasons I've outlined above and, surely, it is a far better use of profits if these are put back into community development/used for "community good".

This took me on to how best might this be achieved and, not a new idea by any means, but co-operatives would seem to be the obvious vehicle. I wonder if there is any interest in pursuing this idea or maybe even David Fishwick might have ideas around this ie how to take the idea further?
Well done, David Fishwick. I have waited a day or two before posting a comment, however, here goes. What strikes me most is that, David Fishwick is a) employing staff; b) generating profits; and c) distributing the profit for "community good". So, wouldn't it just be great if this became the norm rather than, as seems to be the case now, greed for profits to line (often already bulging) bank accounts and or own more and more of any given area of the business world. What I have been wrestling with is something about the purpose of money can't just be for the two reasons I've outlined above and, surely, it is a far better use of profits if these are put back into community development/used for "community good". This took me on to how best might this be achieved and, not a new idea by any means, but co-operatives would seem to be the obvious vehicle. I wonder if there is any interest in pursuing this idea or maybe even David Fishwick might have ideas around this ie how to take the idea further? Timefor
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