RBS staff raise £100,000 for mental health charities

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The money will be split between SAMH and Mind.

10th July 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Royal Bank of Scotland staff have raised more than £100,000 for two mental health charities.

Almost 1500 employees took part in the bank’s One Week in June campaign, which encourages staff to fundraise for good causes.

Workers took part in activities ranging from virtual Zumba classes and chili-eating competitions to a 100 mile cycle ride and 63,000 step challenge, with all donations going to mental health and wellbeing charities the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Mind.

SAMH operate more than 60 services in communities across Scotland providing support for people experiencing problems with mental health, homelessness, addictions and employment. Mind operates a similar service in England and Wales, offering information and advice to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

The two charities were chosen in a vote open to all RBS employees.

Simon Watson, the bank’s managing director, said: “We make good mental health and staff wellbeing an important part of life here at Royal Bank of Scotland and when we started discussing where we should focus our fundraising efforts, colleagues made it clear that they wanted to support charities that do fantastic work to help people live their lives to the fullest.

“SAMH and Mind work hard to help make sure some of the most vulnerable people in our society get the chance to do exactly that and we were delighted to get the chance to support their work.

“I am proud of all of our colleagues for their commitment to making a difference and giving their time to help raise such an amazing sum of money in such a short space of time for these two deserving charities.”

SAMH’s Kris Kelly thanked bank staff and customers for their support and generosity.

He added: “The effort everyone put in was truly fantastic, we loved seeing the variety of fundraising actives across Scotland.

“At SAMH we know how a mental health problem can affect everything. It can have the most profound impact on our relationships, our work, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

“Thanks to brilliant fundraisers like Royal Bank, we can continue our work to raise awareness, promote good mental health and support people affected by mental health problems.”

Steph Campbell, from Mind, said: “We are so grateful for the support of everyone at Royal Bank of Scotland and are thrilled at the incredible amount raised during their One Week in June initiative.”