05 Feb Banks Group staff raise £14,500 for Bright Red
A year-long fundraiser by staff from North East property and energy firm, The Banks Group has raised an amazing £14,500 for Bright Red.
Bright Red was nominated by David Wilson, a member of Banks Group ICT team, who has experienced first-hand the support that we provide. He was diagnosed with multiple myelomas in 2014 and subsequently treated at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
David, who is from Darlington, received two successful bone marrow transplants and is now in clinical remission – read his story here. He has since done his own fundraising work in support of Bright Red, collecting around £1,000 so far.
He says: “Having my colleagues choose to support Bright Red was fantastic news. Although the nomination was down to me, it was the generosity of staff at Banks Group who helped raise this massive amount.”
“Bright Red’s work has a direct impact on the patients in the ward where I received my treatment, where many have spent time in isolation, and they’ve been responsible for the refurbishment and improvement its rooms.”
“Bright Red’s charity manager, Lisa got back in touch to describe where the money was going. Some money went towards the my ward’s waiting room. I used to sit there; it was dull and uninspiring. It is nice to know they have put it towards creating a better environment. This can improve patients and their families’ experience at what are very difficult times.”
Staff from across Banks’ different businesses and locations have participated in a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, such as workplace lunches, dress down days, raffles and cake bakes, as well as participation in a number of different sporting and activity-related challenges.