Count on us to help kids in need
A NEWCASTLE bank is backing its community by forming a partnership with a beloved local charity.
Handelsbanken, based on Grey Street in the city centre, is teaming up with the Sunshine Fund to help improve the lives of disabled children in the North East.
The bank has signed up to be a Platinum Sunshine Partner and pledged to raise at least £5,000 for the charity, and it is already more than halfway there.
The Sunshine Fund dedicates time to buying specialist equipment for children who can’t get it by any other means, such as on the NHS.
But the fund wouldn’t be able to do any of this without donations and support from the public and local businesses.
The Sunshine Partner scheme offers an opportunity for North East companies to deliver life-changing support to North East children with disabilities and help shape how their money is used.
To launch their partnership, workers from Handelsbanken took on a gruelling cycling challenge in their own office.
Thirteen workers took turns on exercise bikes and collectively cycled 793 miles, the distance from Newcastle to Stockholm where the bank was originally founded.
More fundraising events, including a football tournament and a quiz evening, are planned.
Granville Kelly, branch manager of Handelsbanken Newcastle, said: “We are all from the North East and are not only keen to support our customers, but being local, are also very interested in supporting local people and charities.
“When we heard about the great work that the team at the Sunshine Fund were doing to help local children with disabilities we were delighted to help in whatever way we could – Not only in raising funds for the charity, but also helping to raise awareness.
Rachel Kaczmar, community coordinator for the Sunshine Fund, said: “We are thrilled with the support from Granville and all the team at Handelsbanken and we are looking forward to continuing to work together to support our lovely Sunshine children and families.”
Staff from Handelsbanken on Grey Street in central Newcastle took part in a charity cycle challenge in their office to raise money for the Sunshine Fund, which helps families who need specialist equipment