NSPCC selected as Santander’s Charity of the Year for 2014

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NSPCC selected as Santander’s Charity of the Year for 2014

The new partnership aims to raise £1 million for the ChildLine Schools Service   The NSPCC has been chosen by Santander UK employees as their Charity of the Year for 2014.

The partnership aims to raise £1 million through various activities, including fundraising initiatives at Santander’s branches, a Gala Ball, sporting events such as the Silverstone Half Marathon and a variety of regional fundraising activities.

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Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC, said:

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by Santander staff as their Charity of the Year and are looking forward to working with them throughout 2014.

“The money raised from the partnership will fund the pioneering ChildLine Schools Service, which helps primary school children understand abuse, giving them the confidence to talk about it, the knowledge to prevent it, and the courage to find help if they ever need it. On behalf of those children, we want to thank everyone at Santander for their support.”

Steve Pateman, Executive Director and Head of UK Banking, Santander, added:

“Our Charity of the Year partnership is a key part of our commitment to the community, together with our employees, customers and suppliers we’ve raised millions of pounds for our charity partners over the past few years. I’m delighted that as a result of our support for NSPCC, we will be able to help protect a generation of children.”

The money raised from the partnership will go towards the charity’s

Now I Know appeal. The aim of the appeal is to put ChildLine in every primary school across the UK to talk to children about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to get help if they need it.

By helping children understand and identify abuse in an age appropriate way, the NSPCC hopes that its ChildLine Schools Service can encourage children to speak out earlier and protect themselves and others from the devastating effects of abuse.

In addition to fundraising, Santander staff will be encouraged to volunteer to help deliver the service in schools in their local area, enabling them to see first-hand how the service helps protect children and prevent abuse.

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