What a difference a decade can make. In 2008, the top movie of the year was The Dark Knight and Twitter claimed six million regular users. Lewis Hamilton won his first Formula 1 World Championship, and Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.
In February 2008 Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks announced a new fundraising partnership with Hospice UK. A decade on, over £6 million has been raised by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank employees and customers with 124 local hospices directly benefitting over the last 10 years. Here at St John’s Hospice, the incredible partnership with our local Yorkshire Bank branches has raised £83,000 in the last 10 years!
But the banks’ employees have raised more than just money. Hospices have benefitted from over 40,000 volunteer hours generated by the partnership, and lasting links have been forged between local hospices and bank branches. Locally, branch employees have volunteered at St John’s Hospice charity balls, plant sales, cake sales, at our Colour Dash events, they have even brought their shovels and done some gardening at the hospice!
Joanne Dixon, Customer Banking Centre Manager in Lancaster, has been volunteering and helping St John’s Hospice for many years, helping organise fundraising events from golf days to selling ice creams. Last year, she ran table games at on the hospice’s charity balls, with three colleagues, raising over £3,500 out of a total of £16,396 raised on the night. Of this unique partnership, Joanne said, ““We get a sense of achievement by making a difference. We love helping at the events and my team work really well together. The events present opportunities for us all to enjoy and benefit Hospice UK nationally, as well as St John’s Hospice locally. To have raised over £80,000 at local events, through this partnership, is truly humbling. I am very grateful to my team and proud of the relationship we have built with St John’s Hospice.”
Sue McGraw, Chief Executive at St John’s Hospice said, “Playing a part in the local community is a value both the hospice and the Yorkshire Bank share. The success of the fundraising we’ve done during this partnership emphasises the strength of delivering services close to home. It’s been a pleasure to work with the local team, they have been so supportive and have enabled us to care for so many patients and families at a time when help is needed the most.”
The money raised by employees is matched by the company, with 50% of the additional funds going to the local hospice and the other 50% going to Hospice UK. So if a branch raises £100 for a local hospice, the hospice will receive £150 in total, while Hospice UK receives £50.
David Duffy, CEO of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “I am delighted that together with Hospice UK we have reached such an incredible milestone raising over £6 million for such a vital cause. I am especially proud of the thousands of hours of volunteering our employees have given to hospices up and down the country. That in itself is a wonderful achievement.”
Tracey Bleakley, CEO of Hospice UK, said “We are so grateful for this partnership with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and all that it has achieved. People have given money, time and effort, but most of all they have used their passion and energy to show what can be done locally and nationally to help others. The world has changed a lot in 10 years, but thanks to this support for hospices from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, for many people the care they received at the end of their lives has been transformed.”
Below is a gallery showing just a small glimpse of the fantastic support we have received from Joanne Dixon and her team at Yorkshire Bank.