Bank makes big profit for charity

Left to right, Karen Shadforth, personal banking advisor at Santander's Hartlepool branch and Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at the hospice.

Left to right, Karen Shadforth, personal banking advisor at Santander's Hartlepool branch and Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at the hospice.

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BANK staff baked cakes and organised raffles to help make interest on £50 cash – and handed all of the money over to a delighted town charity.

Workers at Santander, in York Road, are the latest group of colleagues to sign up for a quirky fundraising challenge for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

They were handed £50 by the charity and challenged to use their business skills to multiply that money and help raise cash for the hospice.

The staff decided to make a Halloween cake, which they raffled off in store as well as selling dozens of other cakes and painting the faces of young customers.

The fun day in store was declared a huge success, and £315 was raised for the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

Janet Watkins, branch manager, said: “The staff and customers had a great time and it was a pleasure to raise this fabulous amount of money for such an important local charity.”

Janice Forbes, Hartlepool & District Hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “We visited Santander and it was great to see the staff getting into the spirit of Halloween.

“There was huge enthusiasm both from staff and customers.”

Dozens of groups from school, colleges, pubs and companies in the town have now signed up for the Specsavers Multiplier Challenge and hospice staff are delighted with how the outcome.

Janice added: “The challenge is going really well and it’s lovely to see all of the groups embracing the challenge and hearing about their fundraising activities.”

All of the money raised by groups taking part in the challenge will go towards maintaining specialist palliative care services to hospice patients in Hartlepool and East Durham.

To sign up for the challenge call Janice Forbes on (01429) 855536 or email jforbes@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk