Over the past eight years, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ employees have raised £2.5 million, with the banks matching their efforts pound for pound.
£5 million is equivalent to 200,000 hours of vital care from a nurse or the ability to keep a hospice’s services running for 555 days.
A key feature of the successful charity partnership is that the banks’ employees can make a difference to hospice care in the communities where they live and work, as each branch and office is matched with a local hospice.
In addition to fundraising activities, employees have also contributed over 35,000 volunteering hours to their local hospices.
To celebrate the financial landmark and to build on the success of the partnership to date, the banks have launched a challenge which will see up to 200 employees hike over five million steps across the Yorkshire Dales in September 2016.
David Duffy, chief executive officer at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “This amazing fundraising milestone is testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees who give their time through fundraising and volunteering for this extremely worthwhile cause.
“With the banks match-funding every penny raised, it’s a real motivation for our team to celebrate and continue to build on the £5 million achievement.”
The money raised through the partnership has been used by Hospice UK to further its work as the leading advocate for hospice care, to promote excellence in the field, to support the hospice network up and down the country and to raise awareness of the cause.
Catherine Bosworth, director of income generation at Hospice UK, added: “Raising this tremendous total of £5 million for Hospice UK, and hospice care across the country, was only made possible thanks to the incredible dedication that we have seen from branch to boardroom at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.
“We are so grateful to the banks and every one of their generous staff for helping Hospice UK, and its members, improve care for people at such an important time of their lives. We cannot wait to see what comes next and celebrate with another successful employee challenge in September.”
Further information about Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ charity partnership with Hospice UK is available on the Hospice UK website.