Staff from Barclay’s banks in Chorley, Leyland and Preston have pulled out all the stops to show their support for St Catherine’s Hospice over a period of 12 months.
Colleagues from all three branches in Preston, Chorley and Leyland have come together to help out at some of St Catherine’s Hospice’s community events, including lending a hand at its Christmas Festival, volunteering at the hospice’s Masquerade Summer Ball, and modelling clothing at the charity’s Ladies’ Night fashion show.
The team has also donated £11,000 generated through fund-raising and match-funding from the bank.
Shirley Murrell, community banker at the Preston branch, said: “We love being part of the hospice’s amazing fund-raising events – it’s so much fun and we get our families involved too.
“Barclay’s match-funds anything we raise as a result of our efforts in supporting the events.
“It’s also a good opportunity to promote Barclay’s in the community and have a positive impact on a local charity in this way. It does make you feel really good and I’d encourage anyone to fund-raise or volunteer for St Catherine’s through their workplace.”
Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine’s, which cares for people with life-shortening illnesses at the hospice and in people’s homes, said: “The Barclay’s team have been incredible supporters over the past few years. As well as raising vital funds, it’s been great to see staff getting involved on a more personal level by coming along and helping out at our events. They work really hard for our cause and we’re so grateful for all of their wonderful fund-raising and volunteering efforts.”
This year’s St Catherine’s Christmas Festival takes place in the grounds of St Catherine’s Park in Lostock Hall on Saturday November 31 and Sunday December 1.