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Tesco Bank Graduates raise over £20,000 for children's charity CCLASP

Six graduates working at Tesco Bank could give this year’s Apprentice contestants a run for their money, as their fundraising challenge saw them organise a charity evening that was both a great success and also raised more than £20,000 for children’s cancer charity CCLASP (Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents).

As part of their development programme, graduates Lauren McConaghy, Antony Paul, Victoria Reilly, Hannah Lowe, Michael Adams and Stephanie Morrison arranged a fantastic evening at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland, which included a reception, dinner, charity auction, guest speakers and entertainment for almost 300 guests.

The final total raised for CCLASP, Edinburgh’s local charity partner, was more than £20,833, which will go towards the running of two caravans and a holiday cottage to provide more than 100 families affected by cancer with some well-deserved relaxation.

The graduates are the first to enter the new programme last year, and Graduate Programme Mentor John Wallace, Head of Resourcing and Reward, said he was delighted with how they performed.

He said, “In this challenge, the graduates not only achieved a great deal in raising so much money for a great cause, but they also achieved a huge amount in terms of their own development, individually and as a team.

“They also had to fit this task in alongside their ‘day jobs’ as they continued to impress in the various areas of the business they rotate through as part of their programme.

“They were all delighted to see the evening pass so successfully, and as well as the satisfaction of making such a contribution, they also all recognised that they learned a great deal about themselves.”

As well as raising funds for charity, the graduates, who come from the Commercial and International areas of the business, have also benefited from the opportunity to demonstrate and develop leadership capabilities and skills.

Hannah Lowe noted that by organising the event, she and her fellow graduates developed skills such as working collaboratively, project-management and building a network of contacts inside and outside the bank.

She also said, 

“We managed to exceed our own expectations in terms of the success of the dinner and we are all delighted that the money we raised will go to such a fantastic cause.

“What makes it even better is that not only did we manage to raise a huge sum of money for the charity in the short term but we also generated a great deal of awareness which hopefully will continue to benefit CCLASP in the long term.”

Stephanie Morrison added,

“We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event, and it was really moving to hear the three mothers from CCLASP speak about their experiences.”

CCLASP will also use the funds to buy presents for the children they help and to organise fun family days out to help create special memories, and some much-needed fun and laughter.

Valarie Simpson, founder of CCLASP, said,

“We are overwhelmed with how much money the graduates have raised for us. It will make such a difference to the lives of the children and families who we support. Our holiday cottage and caravans not only give families a well earned break at a difficult time, they also provide the opportunities for families to have fun and create special memories together.”

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Notes to Editors

Children with Cancer and Leukaemia, Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) helps children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia. CCLASP also helps diagnosed families express and share with each other the feelings, anxieties and horror of having a child with a life threatening illness.

CCLASP supports in excess of 500 families and has spent many years building up relationships with other like-minded charities so as to access much needed resources for sick child and their families: whether it be transport to hospitals, holidays or a special wish from a child – CCLASP is there for all of them.

Set up in 1994 in Edinburgh, the charity is run by Valarie and Bill Simpson.

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