Ulster Bank staff supporting AWARE and Macmillan as part of One Week in June
Ulster Bank staff from branches and head office are chalking up miles of steps for charities AWARE and Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the annual staff initiative, One Week in June.
The charity campaign, now in its eighth year, is hoping to break through the £1 million mark of charity funds raised over this period.
Fundraising events this year underline the theme ‘Your Health is Your Wealth’ and funds raised will be shared equally between AWARE and Macmillan.
Activity in branches kicks off on Monday 10th June and customers are invited to donate cash by supporting bank prize draws, hampers, free morning coffee or afternoon tea events.
Staff have been getting their creative thinking caps on to come up with a range of traditional, quirky and unusual ways of raising cash. Outdoor activities contributing to the 5 million steps total include, hill walking challenges in the Mournes and Fermanagh, a staff football match at Crusaders’ club grounds, a Castlewellan Community Walk and colleagues entering the Lisburn Half marathon, 10K and 5K runs on June 19. Additional sporting events are a One Week in June 75 mile Tour De County Down cycle sportif and a sponsored abseil from the top of the Europa Hotel.
AWARE Chief Executive Karen Collins said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Ulster Bank once again for One Week in June. The money raised will continue to support and further develop the important work AWARE does in communities throughout Northern Ireland.
“Our weekly and fortnightly support groups are a lifeline for those with depression, as discussing and sharing experiences with people who understand the illness is an essential element of the recovery process.”
Joanne Young, Senior Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said Macmillan was looking forward to working with the team at Ulster Bank and supporting their money raising efforts, “It’s fantastic that people in the Bank chose Macmillan along with AWARE as recipients of this year’s One Week in June campaign. Many people at Ulster Bank have experienced at first hand the vital support from a range of services provided by Macmillan in Northern Ireland, especially our incredible Macmillan nurses and we’re delighted that they wanted to support us and give back to the charity.”
Coinciding with One Week in June, AWARE and Macmillan have teamed up with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to host a public talk at Craigavon Civic Centre on June 13, featuring people with lived experience of cancer as well as a panel of experts to help raise awareness of the impact cancer can have on mental health.
Terry Robb, Head of Personal Banking at Ulster Bank said, “Our teams really pull out all the stops during One Week in June and everyone, including our customers, joins together in a true community spirit to raise cash for excellent causes. It’s fantastic to be generating funds for both Macmillan and AWARE and I’m looking forward to taking part in some events including the Strangford Lough cycle.
“Since its inception, One Week in June has raised thousands of pounds for wonderful charities in Northern Ireland and I’ve no doubt that everyone will make this year’s campaign just as successful.”
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