Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank have selected Help the Hospices, the hospice movement’s national charity, as their new charity partner with effect from today (Friday1st February 2008).
The new partnership is will incorporate both national and local initiatives. Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank’s network of over 340 branches, 74 Financial Solutions Centres and head offices will be matched with individual local hospice charities, and employees will be able to participate in local volunteering and fundraising activities.
The partnership forms part of the banks’ corporate community investment programme which includes corporate donations, staff volunteering programmes and community partnerships focusing on numeracy and financial literacy.
Dean Cutbill, products and marketing director for Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Banks’ said: “There’s a lot of enthusiasm among our teams surrounding the partnership. Our employees are particularly excited by the fact that money raised locally will benefit their local hospice so they see the direct impact of their efforts. It’s always difficult choosing a new partner from so many good causes, but Help the Hospices is a very worthwhile charity and we are proud to play our part in supporting the communities in which we live and work.”
“Some of our employees have already been supporting their local hospice for some time so it’s clear that this is a cause that is close to people’s hearts. We are also exploring ways that employees can use their specific skills in finance and other areas to the benefit of hospices.”
The partnership with Help the Hospices follows the banks’ three year relationship with the British Heart Foundation which raised more than £500,000. Help the Hospices was chosen from a shortlist of charities meeting the banks’ corporate community investment criteria.
Maxine Blunden, director of fundraising, Help the Hospices, said, “We are very excited to be working with Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank; it’s clear they are genuinely committed to helping the communities in which they operate.
“This partnership is a great opportunity to bring benefits on lots of levels for all involved and we’re determined to pull out all the stops to really maximise this potential.
“There will be four nationally co-ordinated, themed focus months for fundraising spread throughout the year starting with a big community-focused kick-off in the run-up to Easter. The banks already have a well-established and successful employee volunteering programme so we are confident there will be substantial and widespread engagement with local hospices.”
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About Help the Hospices
Help the Hospices is the hospice movement's national charity, supporting over 240 local hospices in their vital work on the front line of caring for people who face the end of life. The majority of hospice care is provided by local independent charities rooted in the communities they serve. Hospices provide a wide range of care for people living with terminal illness and their families, from in-patient beds to day care and care for people in their own homes.
Health services are funded separately by the devolved government in each UK nation. In England the Government contributes an average of 32% of running costs for adult hospices (predominantly through Primary Care Trusts) and around 22% for children’s - the rest has to be found by charitable fundraising (note: based on latest figures available). Around 100,000 volunteers work in UK hospices and hospices couldn’t do the work they do without them.
About Clydesdale Bank
Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland's largest banks. The Bank is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service. Clydesdale Bank was recently voted the 'Best Business Bank' in Scotland, by the Forum of Private Business. In 1987, Clydesdale Bank PLC became a member of National Australia Bank Group.
About Yorkshire Bank
Yorkshire Bank was founded in 1859 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Yorkshire Bank has 190 retail branches, a strong personal customer base and a growing business capability in the North of England and the Midlands. Yorkshire Bank is a trading name of Clydesdale Bank plc, a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies. Yorkshire Bank joined the Group in 1990. In 2006, Yorkshire Bank was voted the UK's 'Best Business Bank' by the Forum of Private Business.