Marie Curie Cancer Care raises £1m through Santander tie-up

Proceeds from 'charity of the year' partnership with bank will fund 43,000 hours of home nursing care

Charlotte Hogg of Santander (left) with Marie Curie nurse Teresa Doonan and Fabian French, the charity's director of fundraising
Charlotte Hogg of Santander (left) with Marie Curie nurse Teresa Doonan and Fabian French, the charity's director of fundraising

Staff at Santander raised £1m for its charity of the year partner, Marie Curie Cancer Care, during 2012.

The bank said this made the tie-up its most successful charity partnership to date. The amount raised was double the £500,000 target. 

The charity, which had an income of £138m in 2011, will use most of the money to fund 43,000 hours of Marie Curie home nursing care; £140,000 will go towards the development of its new hospice in the West Midlands.

Staff fundraising efforts included a Great Wall of China trek, which raised £200,000, tournaments based on the 1970s television gameshow It’s a Knockout! and the Santander Flame Relay – those last two raised £60,000 each.

Fabian French, fundraising director at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "The funds raised by our partnership will help us ensure more terminally ill people get the care and support they need, in the place of their choice. I would like to thank everyone at Santander for the time and effort given to making this partnership such a success."

Charlotte Hogg, head of retail distribution and intermediaries at Santander, said: "Raising £1m is a fantastic achievement, something we are tremendously proud of."

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