Kindhearted employees from Santander in Ealing raised more than £6,500 when competing head-to-head against other bank branches in “Store Wars”.
Up against rival Santander teams, bank employees from across London and the east of England competed in a fundraising challenge for Barnardo’s and Age UK.
The staff took over the Barnardo’s shop in Chiswick for one day, with 20 teams vying to see who could increase sales the most in a competition dubbed Store Wars.
The teams became sales assistants for the day and sold as many items as possible, as well as organising fundraising activities such as zip line challenges for extra money for charity.
Overall, the month-long challenge raised more than £165,000 for Santander's charity partners.
Speaking after the event, branch manager at the Ealing branch Johnathon Muse revealed his team were “thrilled” to have raised £6,651.
He said: “It was a great day and it was a lot of fun coming up against teams from across the south east.
“It was a really enjoyable way of raising money for our charity partners.”
Over the course of 2017, Santander is supporting a host of fundraising activities for the two charities, including the Store Wars initiative, a coast to coast cycle and an international challenge.
In the international task, bank employees will travel abroad to help build schools in Nepal.
Forbes Mutch, head of corporate fundraising at Barnardo’s, said the fundraiser is a fantastic initiative.
“Store Wars has proven again that it is a fantastic fundraising initiative that enables teams to put their creativeness to the test while raising money for some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families in the UK,” he said.
The thousands of pounds raised will also allow Age UK to “offer vital support and companionship to older people who might otherwise have no one to turn to”.
Hannorah Lee, head of corporate partnerships at the charity, added: “We'd like to thank the teams from across Britain that took part in this year's Store Wars challenge.”
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