Nationwide Building Society has announced that it has raised £6.5m for Macmillan Cancer Support through a partnership that has so far lasted 20 years.
Macmillan was first chosen as the mutual’s charity partner in 1993 and Nationwide staff voted unanimously in 2009 to keep the partnership with the cancer support charity going indefinitely.
The mutual, which has 15,000 employees, is celebrating the partnership by planting a 20-tree orchard at its headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire.
Five hundred of the building society’s branches will also be taking part in Macmillan’s flagship fundraising event, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, on Friday.
Money from Nationwide’s two decades of fundraising has gone towards the charity’s activities generally and specific projects. In 2012 and 2013, £170,000 and £175,000 respectively went towards Macmillan’s grants scheme for mortgage and rental arrears for people with cancer.
Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan, said: "Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of Nationwide staff and members, Macmillan is able to offer a range of vital support to more people affected by cancer. We will not achieve our goal of ensuring that no one faces cancer alone without the great and continued support of partners such as Nationwide."
Graham Beale, Nationwide’s chief executive said: "Reaching the milestone of 20 years in partnership with Macmillan is a proud moment for Nationwide and has been made possible through the energy and commitment of our employees and members through their generous donations and fundraising activity over the last two decades."