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29 March, 2018

Tesco Bank and Smile for Life celebrate outstanding fundraising partnership

Tesco Bank colleagues raise £28,000 for children’s charity in 2017/18

After a hugely successful year of fundraising and volunteering, Tesco Bank is delighted to announce that it has raised over £28,000 for the Newcastle-based children’s charity, Smile for Life.

Established in 2007, Smile for Life works across the North East of England, and is dedicated to supporting the lives of children and young people who are disabled and the disadvantaged, helping them to reach their full potential and live a full and happy life.

Throughout the year, Tesco Bank colleagues have participated in a number of fundraising and volunteering initiatives to raise as much money as possible for the charity, including raising over £7000 through a ‘smile for a night variety show’ and building gardens for beneficiaries of the charity.

Commenting on the success of the Tesco Bank partnership, Paula Gascoigne, CEO, Smile for Life, said:

“The news that we had been chosen as Tesco Bank’s partner for 2017/18 was extremely exciting for everyone at Smile for Life and it has been an incredible partnership.

“To finish off the year we would also like to announce that through the growth of our charity, greatly assisted by Tesco Bank this year, we have secured some new, bigger and better premises to enable us to engage with even more disabled and disadvantaged youngsters across the North East - changing their lives forever and helping them to reach their full potential - truly an amazing legacy for the Tesco Bank colleagues.

“We would like to express our utmost thanks to the whole of Tesco Bank for the amazing support they have given us.”

Claire Hawkes, Head of Newcastle, Tesco Bank, said:

 "It was my absolute pleasure to present Smile for Life with a cheque for £28,000 raised by colleagues at Tesco Bank. It gave me even greater pleasure seeing the smiles on the faces of Paula, Ross, Lewis and the new friends they have made here at Tesco Bank. This was more than a charity partner for the year, it was a year of making memories and solid friendships.

“I know for many this is not goodbye just a new journey and I am extremely proud of everyone who took the time to make a difference to Smile for Life and the children and the families they support.”


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