Southend's fire fighters bank on support

Southend's fire fighters bank on support

When Southend's fire fighters took to the high street on Saturday to raise essential funds for charity, they received some unexpected support from the team at the local NatWest.

30 August 2011

When the team at NatWest Southend branch found out that the fire fighters would be collecting for The Fire Fighters Charity outside their branch, they wanted to do something to help. With this in mind, the bank team - made up from staff based at branches across the area - picked up collecting tins and made sure the fundraising day was a success.

The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK's leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families. They are available for all members of the fire service community during their times of need, assisting thousands of individuals every year by providing pioneering treatment and support services.

Jackie Hayden, the manager of NatWest Rochford, who organised the team of fundraisers, said: "When we found out that the fire fighters were collecting outside one of our branches, we really wanted to do something to help them. We know that fund raising is so important for charities, including The Fire Fighters Charity so we picked up the collecting boxes and promised to make this the most successful event the fire fighters had seen and we delivered!'

Janene Harwood, the Local Chief Executive Officer for NatWest in the Southend area, said: "A key part of my role is to work closely with my team to ensue that NatWest locally really does deliver helpful banking to heart of the local community. Undertaking charity events such as this and our recently launched CommunityForce initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities where we live and work. I want to say a big thank you to our customers, colleagues and the general public for their support and generosity. The money we raised on Saturday will make a real difference to the people who rely on the charity."

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