They were there to receive over £4,200 raised by 36 members of the telephony team following a number of recent fundraising challenges. These have included swapping their computers and pens for a day, to work in the charity shops in Bitterne & Totton, where they split into three teams to take part in a 'Store Wars' event resembling an Alan Sugar 'The Apprentice' challenge, to see who could make the most money. A car boot sale, summer fete and various competitions have also raised valuable funds for the Charity which helps abused, vulnerable, forgotten and neglected children.
Steve Latimore, Customer Services Manager at Southampton's NatWest Telephony Centre, said: "This has been a great way for us to give something back to the community in which we all live and work, whilst having some fun at the same time. The best thing about the ‘Store Wars' competition was that the real winners were the children the charity supports, and thankfully, unlike in Sir Alan's TV programme, nobody got fired for not raising the most!"
Adam Hanrahan, Major Partnership Account Manager with Barnardo's, who visited the Centre to receive the funds raised, said: "We are so grateful to NatWest for their kind support. The funds raised will make a big difference to the work of our local children's projects, in what is a tough economic climate. Our Bitterne and Totton stores are already asking when the next NatWest Store Wars event will take place!"