Tesco Bank supports local communities with new charity partnerships

Tesco Bank has announced two new major charity partnerships with The Trussell Trust and cancer support charity, Maggie’s.

The charities were voted for by Tesco Bank colleagues who were keen to focus their latest charity partnerships on supporting local communities as well as health and social causes. Colleagues are now looking forward to raising much-needed funds and volunteering across the UK for their chosen charities.

This latest announcement comes after Tesco Bank colleagues raised £245,000 for The People’s Kitchen, The Beatson, and LifeCare Edinburgh following a successful partnership with the charities.   

Funds raised by Tesco Bank will help Maggie’s to continue providing free support online and in centres to people with cancer as well as their family and friends across the UK, and the Trussell Trust provide emergency food and support to people living in poverty.

Lynne Rennie-Smith, Director of Colleague Experience at Tesco Bank, said:

“It’s important to recognise the life-saving work of charities such as The Trussell Trust and Maggie’s. Tesco Bank has a proud record of supporting the communities in which we operate, and I’m delighted these charities will benefit from our colleagues’ passion for fundraising for worthy causes.

“Thanks to these important partnerships, our colleagues are inspired to continue making a tangible difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable within our communities.” 

Sophie Carre, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the Trussell Trust, said: “We are hugely grateful to Tesco Bank for choosing the Trussell Trust as one of their new charity partners. This partnership will help to support thousands of people facing financial hardship across the UK as we work to achieve our vision to end the need for emergency food in the UK.

“As the nation faces a rapid rise in the cost of living, too many families on the very lowest incomes are being forced to the doors of food banks to get by. No one should be unable to afford the essentials – and while we work to tackle the reasons why people don’t have enough money in their pockets, we hugely value the support of partnerships like this to ensure food banks are able to support people who are facing hunger right now.”

Sharon O’Loan, Fundraising Director at Maggie’s, said: “We are delighted that Tesco Bank has chosen Maggie’s as one of their new charity partners.  Maggie’s support has never been more needed, as the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer treatment continues to be felt and the cost of living crisis becomes overwhelming for many people with cancer. The funds raised through this partnership will help us provide free support and information on everything from treatment options, psychological advice and benefits advice to thousands of people with cancer and their families across the UK.  

“We’re excited about our new partnership with Tesco Bank and everything we’ll achieve together.” 

As well as supporting Maggie’s and the Trussell Trust Tesco Bank is proud to utilise its ATM network to support a number of national causes including the NSPCC, The British Heart Foundation and the Disasters Emergency Committee. Tesco Bank has offered customers the opportunity to make charitable donations of up to £300 through its network since 2012 and has since raised over £750,000 for good causes.

About Tesco Bank

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 5 million customers manage their money every day. Over 3,800 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our three main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7. Tesco Bank participates in the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board.

About Maggie’s

  • Maggie’s has more than 25 years of experience providing free cancer support and information in centres across the UK.
  • Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, the centres are warm and welcoming, and run by expert staff who help people live well with cancer.
  • In 2021, we had 245,000 visits* to our centres, 55,000 were new people with cancer or new carers of someone with cancer.
  • The first centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996. Maggie's now has 24 centres in the UK and a growing international network.
  • Maggie’s is funded by voluntary donations.
  • Maggie’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
  • “Every cancer hospital needs a Maggie’s” - Endorsed by 24 CEOs of NHS Hospital Trusts where there is a Maggie’s
  • Maggie's Chief Executive, Laura Lee was awarded a Damehood in 2019 for her services to people with cancer. · For more information visit maggies.org

*visits refers to support facilitated by our programme staff and includes face to face; on the phone and online

About Trussell Trust

  • We exist so we can all be free from hunger.
  • Together, we’re more than 1,300 local food bank centres across the UK, providing practical support for people facing hardship.
  • But emergency food isn’t a long-term solution to hunger. People need food banks when they don’t have enough money for essentials. It’s not right that anyone needs a food bank to get by, and we can change this by ensuring everyone has enough income to eat, stay warm and stay dry. That’s why we also work with communities across the UK to change the things that push people to need a food bank
  • Our network of food banks is supported by almost 12,000 churches, as well as many community groups, local businesses, schools and more than28,000 dedicated volunteers. Together, we are thousands and thousands of people, from communities across the UK, working together towards a more just future.
  • We bring together data and evidence from food banks and the people who need them across the UK, gathering powerful information on the state of our society. Our research projects give the most in-depth picture of who needs a food bank and why, helping us co-create and advocate for solutions that will ensure all of us have enough money to cover our basic needs.
  • We believe that in coming together, and working together, we will build a future where none of us need a food bank, because none of us will allow it.

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