NatWest branches across the South West of England are busy taking part in ‘Children's Hospice Week' – the UK's biggest awareness and fundraising event for children's hospice services – organising all kinds of events across the Region.
However, not content with raising lots of money, a team of eleven staff led by NatWest Regional Director Charley West, decided to go a step further and volunteer their time to give the team at Charlton Farm, who provide respite care and palliative and bereavement support for life limited children and their families, a helping hand as part of their ‘Raise a Smile' week.
Commenting on their experience, NatWest Regional Director, Charley West, said: "It's very important to our staff in the South West that we are part of, and contribute fully to, the local community in which we all live and work. As a result being able to do something like this for CHSW and the other Children's Hospices we are supporting in the Region, who all offer such a valuable service, is fantastic. It was hard work, but we have all taken away a great feeling of achievement knowing that at the same time as the teams in the branches are raising as much money as possible for CHSW we have been doing work to help keep their costs down."
Kate Buddery, corporate fundraiser for Children's Hospice South West said: "We are delighted that NatWest have taken our Raise a Smile cause to their hearts. As part of the National awareness week our supporters have been doing things to raise a smile and seeing the local bank staff working away in the fresh air in the gardens at our hospice certainly did that! Our gardens are an important part of the offering to our families and we rely on an army of volunteers to keep them looking beautiful. Our thanks go to the staff for their hard work which will certainly bring more smiles to our families."