Barnardo's banks on new cup

Barnardo's banks on new cup

Ex-Wales and Cardiff City international Nathan Blake and over 80 players turned out for the inaugural Barnardo's Cup, organised by NatWest's financial planning team.

19 September 2011

Fans were treated to a feast of footie for just £2 entry as four teams of NatWest and Barnardo's staff battled it out to win the new cup. Individual players also raised sponsorship to boost the total. RBS Insurance, part of NatWest's parent company The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, took the honours after over three hours of action on the pitch.

Barnardo's will use the money to support its work with vulnerable children and young people across Wales. Adrian Hanrahan, Barnardo's account manager said: "It was terrific to take part in this challenge against the dramatic backdrop of the Millennium Stadium. It's not every day you get to play at such a distinguished venue. As well as raising vital funds for Barnardo's Cymru, the tournament was a lot of fun. Well done to all the teams from NatWest for donning their boots to raise cash for us."

NatWest and its parent company The Royal Bank of Scotland Group runs a sizeable community investment programme which encourages employees to participate in community projects and volunteer for fundraising. In 2010, over 50,000 employees gave their time, expertise and money to make a difference within the communities in which the bank operates.

NatWest organiser Paul Whitton, area sales manager for financial planning, said: "It was tremendous that we had so many willing volunteers. In fact so many of my colleagues were keen to play at the Stadium and raise funds for the charity that we ended up with quite a few substitutions so everyone could have a go. Thank you to Nathan for opening the event and a huge thanks also to everyone who turned out to support us. We are delighted that we managed to raise so much cash for Barnardo's Cymru."

The Millennium Stadium offered its facilities free of charge as part of its community events initiative. Stadium Manager Gerry Toms added: "A charity football match is a fantastic example of how the Millennium Stadium Community Events initiative can support local charities while also offering a unique experience for the fundraisers. I am delighted that the staff at NatWest and Barnardo's and their supporters enjoyed a great day out at their national stadium."

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