Santander has far exceeded the fundraising target for its 2013 Charity of the Year, CLIC Sargent.
The year-long partnership raised a total of £1.3 million – £500,000 more than the original goal. As a result, Santander has helped fund the charity’s eight Homes from Home service for a year and a half.
This year’s partnership surpasses Santander’s previous fundraising record by more than £300,000. Since the introduction of the bank’s Charity of the Year scheme in 2008 Santander, along with customers and staff, has raised more than £3.3million for charitable causes.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, providing clinical, practical and emotional support to help them get the most out of life.
Lisa Whittaker, Corporate Account Manager, CLIC Sargent, commented: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support shown by Santander staff this year. The money raised will make a huge difference for so many people and their families at all eight of our Homes from Home. We’d like to say thank you to every Santander employee who has contributed to such a successful partnership with CLIC Sargent this year.”
Sharon Squire, head of CSR at Santander, said: “I’m extremely proud of our partnership with CLIC Sargent this year and, in particular, being able to fund their Homes from Home for the next year and a half. We’ve taken huge strides over the past few years to support the communities we live and work in and we want to do even more as we know how important it is for our staff, our customers and our communities.”
Over the course of 2013 Santander staff have carried out a wide range of fundraising activities for CLIC Sargent, including treks to Mount Everest and Machu Picchu, two Total Wipeout events and the nationwide Santander Flame Relay, as well as branch counter campaigns. CLIC Sargent has eight Homes from Home located near seven principal treatment centres, where families can stay for free during their child’s cancer treatment – saving money on travel and accommodation costs.