Charitable folk raise thousands for those in need - The Solihull Observer

Charitable folk raise thousands for those in need

Solihull Editorial 24th Feb, 2018   0

BIG-HEARTED staff at Secure Trust Bank in Solihull raised thousands of pounds to help people in need.

Lord Forsyth, chairman of Secure Trust Bank, presented a £17,600 cheque to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice – which supports families living with terminal illness.

The keen charity supporter helped boost the bank’s fundraising efforts by doubling its pound-for-pound matching scheme to the value of £200 per employee.

Lord Forsyth said: “Birmingham St Mary’s does an amazing job of supporting families living with terminal illness and our Solihull-based staff have shown real passion when it comes to supporting the work of the charity through fundraising and other means.

“As a responsible business we encourage our people to contribute to initiatives which make a positive contribution to local communities. “Fundraising and volunteering during work time are all part of this and the charity committees at our different office locations do a tremendous job of driving this forward and supporting a range of local good causes.”

The bank first partnered with the hospice in January last year after Solihull-based staff voted for the charity they most wanted to support.

Since the partnership, employees have hosted a number of creative fundraisers, including samosa sales, a darts tournament and quiz nights, as well as taking part in events organised by the hospice.

A recent event was the ‘Charity Shop Challenge’, where staff teams took over one of the hospice’s 16 shops for the day, competing against each other to see who could raise the most money.

The hospice – which supports some 350 people – costs £8 million each year to run, with half of the amount reliant on fundraising and donations.

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