Hospice unveiled as Natwest's new local charity partner
23 October 2011
Approximately 40 people attended the event including NatWest staff, their families and friends to learn more about the work of the Hospice in the community and to meet the staff and volunteers.
The day marked the start of the charity partnership with the presentation of a cheque for £725 and the announcement of many upcoming fundraising activities when 7 local branches (Eltham, Blackheath, Bexleyheath, Dartford, Greenwich, Northumberland Heath and Sidcup) will be taking part in including a fundraising quiz night, a black tie gala ball, donate don’t dump days and cake sales. All branches will promote the charity in store with pop-up banners and collection boxes.
Local NatWest CEO Lesley Dillon said she hopes the partnership will help to raise the profile of the Hospice in the local community.
“It's really important, as part of the Greenwich and Bexley Borough communities that we do all we can to support those people around us and we wanted to support the work the hospice does for our local area as it's close to the hearts of so many of our local residents, customers and staff,” said Lesley. “As part of our Customer Charter we have promised to get out and volunteer in our community and I know everyone in my team has really enjoyed getting involved in the event today. You never know when or how the hospice will touch you and we’re delighted to support its work.”
“Lesley has been instrumental in getting the ball rolling for our partnership with NatWest,” said Fundraiser Rachel Williams, “We are going to be working with all 7 branches and we're really excited about it. Today was a brilliant start to our charity partnership and we’re delighted” Rachel added.
NatWest is working towards becoming Britain's most helpful bank and support for the local communities that its branches serve is a key part of that.
Branches have already supported a fundraising coffee morning, a sponsored head shave and Greenwich branch manager Faith Lees made a personal donation of £300 to lead the way for staff and customers.
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