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1 March, 2016

If U Care Share Foundation announces partnership with Tesco Bank in Newcastle

Today (1 March 2016) If U Care Share Foundation announced that it has been selected by Tesco Bank’s employees in Newcastle to be their official charity partner for 2016/17. The charity promotes emotional wellbeing in young people and supports families affected by suicide.

Tesco Bank supports a different local children’s charity every year. Their employees were recently asked to nominate a new charity for the coming year and the Bank received almost 150 nominations across all its offices. Colleagues were given the opportunity to vote, with If U Care Share Foundation coming out top in Newcastle.  

The Bank aims to raise £15,000 through a range of initiatives to enable the charity to expand outside of Durham, targeting schools across the North East, providing EAMH (Emotional and Mental Health) workshops for a school, which would be delivered to up to 2,000 pupils, over the course of one year. 

In addition, If U Care Share Foundation will benefit from the Bank’s ‘Take a Day to Make a Difference’ when employees are encouraged to take time away from the business to volunteer for good causes. 

Sandra Emery, Operations Manager at If U Care Share Foundation, said: 

“We were absolutely delighted to be chosen as Tesco Bank’s charity of the year for its Newcastle office. The fundraising will allow us to give children in the North East to benefit from support in dealing with emotional health issues and, most importantly, let them know where they can turn to at a time of need.”  

Tesco Bank community engagement manager Suzanne Laporte said: 

“Our employees are passionate about supporting their local communities. Over the last five years they’ve help raise £1.55million for charities and volunteered more than 23,000 hours helping local charities, schools and community groups. They voted overwhelmingly to support If U Care Share Foundation as they want to help the charity meet its three aims: prevention, intervention and support of those bereaved by suicide. We’ve already started planning our first fundraising event and are keen to start volunteering with the charity to provide that extra support they wouldn’t normally receive.” 

Notes to editors

If U Care Share

If U Care Share promotes emotional wellbeing in young people and supports families affected by suicide. It was set up by the family of Daniel O’Hare, who committed suicide ten years ago, aged 19.

The charity has three aims: prevention, intervention and support of those bereaved by suicide. It works with schools and football clubs to encourage young people to share their feelings, developing workshops in conjunction with pupils, teachers and parents. 

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Tesco Bank

As part of Tesco, we recognise the importance of building trust with the communities in which we serve customers.  We do this by creating opportunities for young people, supporting local communities and encouraging healthy choices. 

That’s why, each year, our Community Programme provides inspirational opportunities for 70,000 children by building skills and confidence and encouraging positive habits – helping them lead happier, healthier lives.

Over the last five years, we’ve helped raise £1.55million for charities and our employees have volunteered over 23,000 hours of their time to help good causes in their local communities.

Charities previously supported in Newcastle include Gateshead Crossroads Care, Tiny Lives Trust and TOMA. 

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 6 million customers every day with everything from insuring their pets, to buying their first home.  Our 4,000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our four main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7. 

Tesco Bank is a trading name of Tesco Personal Finance plc. Registered in Scotland No. 173199. Registered Address: Interpoint Building, 22 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH.


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