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Tesco Bank raises £63,500 for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

New ATM charity campaign launched in support of CLIC Sargent

Tesco Bank has raised over £63,500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign through its ATM Charity of the Year initiative. 

Over the past 12 months, Tesco Bank has made a donation to the charity for every cash withdrawal, balance enquiry, mini-statement request, mobile phone top-up or PIN change made at a cash machine at Tesco.

Abby Mardon, the Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign said,

"All the money raised from Tesco Bank donations from the ATM campaign will go to fund life-changing equipment for many children and young people with muscle-wasting diseases living across the UK. This money will make a significant difference and enable us to give grants for much needed equipment." 

Adele Mills, Tesco Bank’s Community Investment Manager, says,

"The donations through our ATM charity scheme show that every little helps. A donation each and every time that a customer withdraws cash or checks their balance at a Tesco ATM really does make a difference.   We are delighted to present Muscular Dystrophy with a cheque to enable them to make a positive change to young people’s lives."

Following the success of the scheme, Tesco Bank has announced its support for Tesco Charity of the Year 2010, CLIC Sargent.

For each and every transaction a customer makes at an ATM at Tesco up to 28th February 2011, Tesco Bank will donate 0.0125p to CLIC Sargent – and with over 40 million transactions a month, this will make a real difference. Tesco Bank has committed to donate a minimum of £60,000 towards the Tesco Charity of the Year target of £5 million.

The money raised will help to fund CLIC Sargent specialist children's cancer nurses across the UK. Every day ten children are diagnosed with cancer and treatment can last up to three years, with children spending weeks and months in hospital. The nurses will help children spend as much time at home as possible by talking to all the different people and organisations involved in the child’s care and support including the hospital doctors and nurses, the child’s GP, social worker, teacher and their community nurse. 

To save lots of trips back to hospital, their nurses will arrange for children to have some procedures at home, such as blood tests and sometimes chemotherapy.

A child treated for a brain tumour may have disabilities as a result of surgery, and their nurses will help to co-ordinate speech therapy and physiotherapy or arrange specialist equipment at home. A child who has missed months or years of school may need a home tutor, or help with returning to school. Their nurses will work with the school to plan and organise this.

Tesco Bank’s Adele Mills says, 

"It is an important part of the Tesco ethos to be an active member of the community and we are pleased to continue our ATM charity scheme this year with CLIC Sargent. The charity carries out valuable work in helping children and their families through cancer and we’re delighted our donation could make care at home possible for 600 children."

Lorraine Clifton, CEO CLIC Sargent, says, 

"We are thrilled that CLIC Sargent has been chosen as the Tesco Charity of the Year for 2010. With the help of Tesco Bank and their customers we can pioneer a new way of caring for children and young people with cancer and supporting their families.  This will ensure that more children can be cared for at home rather than in hospital. We would like to thank Tesco Bank and their customers in advance for their support over the coming year."

For more information about the Tesco Charity of the Year go to http://www.clicsargent-tesco.org.uk

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