We are pleased to announce we have been selected as Santander’s Charity of the Year partner for 2015. The year-long partnership will aim to raise £1 million to help the BHF in our fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD).
CVD kills more than one in four people in the UK, stealing them away from families and loved ones. The funds raised by Santander will help support our freephone Heart Helpline, which provides emotional and practical support to heart patients and their families, for two years. It will also enable us to fund two research projects over three years which could lead to better treatments for those living with CVD.
Santander staff will be encouraged to get behind our fundraising campaigns such as Wear It. Beat it. on Friday 6th February, and our autumn stock donation campaign Bag it. Beat it. The bank will also be developing additional events for staff including a 50 million step challenge which will invite employees to get walking, monitor their steps and fundraise, and an international challenge.
Steve Pateman, Head of UK Banking at Santander, said: “The BHF leads the fight against heart disease and we are very pleased to be supporting their vital work. We have a great track record in raising funds for our charity partners and I know together with our employees, customers and suppliers we will have a fantastic year with the BHF.”
Our Head of Corporate Partnerships, Amit Aggarwal, added: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Santander’s Charity of the Year. Throughout 2015, Santander staff will be raising funds to help the BHF realise its vision of a world where people don’t die prematurely or suffer from CVD."