Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity

Andrew Tummon works for the Royal Bank of Scotland as regional training and development manager for the south west. The Fairbridge Prison Project is one of the bank's charity partners.

How did you become involved with the charity?

The charity's representatives wrote to me at the beginning of the year to ask if I could help with training support at one of its events. They were particularly interested in motivational training and time management.

When I met all the young offenders the charity works with, I found it inspiring and realised I wanted to get more involved.

What have you done to support the project?

I recently attended an event aimed at teaching independent living skills.

We also redecorated a communal area in a sheltered housing project where many of the offenders end up. The youngsters actually designed it all, then Royal Bank of Scotland provided the materials and helped with the painting.

I also went on an abseiling activity day with the project - I took my whole team because I wanted them to see what Fairbridge does.

It made everyone want to do more with the charity.

I probably spend about four or five hours a week volunteering with Fairbridge and would do even more if I had the time.

What do you like so much about Fairbridge?

What it does with young people is fantastic. It works with people from challenging backgrounds who have been abused or have a history of drug abuse. To see the way staff help these people develop more confidence and self-respect is great. There's this perception of 'hoodies' - and young people from bad backgrounds often get pigeonholed so that people don't expect them to make anything of themselves.

What do you and your team get out of the relationship?

We all get a lot out of working with Fairbridge. I think it makes us all more rounded and encourages us not to make assumptions about people.

Do you donate to the charity too?

No. I help to plan fundraising activities, but I don't donate myself.

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