Felix Credit Union honoured at community awards
14 Dec 18
This week at the ‘Community Stars Awards 2018’, Felix Credit Union (FCU) were announced runners-up in the category for ‘community group of the year'.
Honoured amongst local heroes at a ceremony at the annual Community Stars awards, FCU celebrated being a valuable financial institution to its community for over 50 years. Speakers included local newspaper, Telegraph & Argus’ Editor, Nigel Burton and Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor, Zafar Ali. The event is designed to reward unsung heroes across the district who strives to make a difference in their local communities across Bradford.
Mr Burton said: “It’s a privilege to be able to recognise and reward ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They ask for no acknowledgement because they do what they do out of a sense of devotion, not duty.”
This year FCU celebrated it’s their 50th anniversary at Bradford City Hall with long-standing members, staff and presided over by the Lord Mayor of Bradford. At the event, members and guests heard from long-serving directors of Felix Credit Union, Max Prosper, Sharon Vassell and Virginia Fevrier together they have over 100 years of voluntary service to the credit union. They spoke about the history of the credit union and how they have served local residents from all walks of life.
The credit union was founded in 1968 to encourage the local Dominican community of St. Patricks Parish in Bradford to help themselves financially. Founding member of FCU Father Felix, introduced the idea to local businesses and community members to take on necessary roles within the credit union.
Back in 1970, there were only 14 credit unions around the country and the credit union was one of those leading lights of the movement in those early days.
Attending the Community Stars Awards was Sharon Vassell who between her and fellow founding member of FCU, Virginia Fevrier have over 100 years of voluntary service to the credit union.
FCU played her part in the introduction of the ‘Credit Union League of Great Britain’ – which became ABCUL – with others from around the country. They believed the services of the organisation provided extra support for credit unions and would prove beneficial to UK Credit Unions.