Colleagues pledge to raise over £150,000 as part of a one-year partnership
Metro Bank will join forces with Teenage Cancer Trust as the bank’s chosen charity partner for the next 12 months.
The new charity partnership comes following a Metro Bank colleague vote in April and the bank has set a fundraising target of £150,000.
With Metro Bank’s support, the charity will be able to recruit and fund a new team of highly specialist nurses to go into local communities across the country – to ensure every young person facing cancer has access to the expert, age-appropriate care that Teenage Cancer Trust deliver, regardless of where they live or choose to be treated.
Metro Bank colleagues will be organising and participating in fundraising activities throughout the year – from bake sales and raffles, to marathons and mountaineering. Donations from customers made via Metro Bank’s Magic Money Machines in its 66 stores will be added to the fundraising total too.
Metro Bank also gives colleagues a Day to AMAZE – a day, when they would normally be working, to volunteer their time and / or skills or give back to their local community. As part of this, Teenage Cancer Trust will be providing opportunities for Metro Bank colleagues to get involved with the charity.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert, age-appropriate treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer’ and Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen.
They create specialised cancer services for young people in the UK, providing life changing care and support so young people don’t have to face cancer alone. They've also built world-class specialist facilities in 28 hospitals across the UK, providing a home away from home for young people while they receive treatment.
Craig Donaldson, chief executive officer at Metro Bank said: “At Metro Bank we’re really proud to be partnering with Teenage Cancer Trust for the year ahead. The charity combines national impact with a really local feel, and our colleagues can’t wait to get involved to help fund a new team of highly specialist nurses supporting young people facing cancer in communities across the country.”
Laura Pearce, head of Corporate Development for Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Metro Bank for the next 12 months, and would like to say a massive thank you to them for helping us deliver vital services for young people with cancer. With Metro Bank’s generous support, we will be able to provide 5,000 hours of expert, age-appropriate nursing care, and get closer to our goal of reaching every young person diagnosed with cancer in the UK.”
Metro Bank previously had a joint charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Place2Be. Over the past year colleagues and customers raised around £180,000 for the two charities – exceeding the bank’s original fundraising target by £45,000.
Those funds are being put to work by Alzheimer’s Society to fund a PhD research student focused on identifying a cure for the disease, and Place2Be has been able to deliver over 12,000 Place2Talk sessions across the country.
Craig continued: “I want to thank all our colleagues and customers who have supported our previous charity partners, Alzheimer’s Society and Place2Be, over the past 12 months. We’re so proud to have raised over £180,000 to support their fantastic work.”