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Santander Partnership raises over £1 million for Barnardo's and Age UK in its first year

After launching only last year, Santander’s partnership with Age UK and Barnardo’s has already raised over £1million. Santander employees have also dedicated their time to supporting vulnerable younger and older people by volunteering with a number of Barnardo’s and Age UK services.

The partnership forms a key part of The Discovery Project, Santander’s flagship initiative which aims to provide support to 1 million people in its local communities by 2020. Santander has partnered with Barnardo’s and Age UK to ensure it reaches those most in need across all generations.

Fundraising Highlights from 2016

Santander employees definitely put the ‘fun’ into their fundraising efforts over the last year! Here are just some of the highlights!

Flame Relay


350 Santander employees cycled, ran and kayaked across the UK in June as part of the organisation’s Flame Relay. Teams travelled over 2,000 miles and raised an incredible £140,000 through sponsorship and events such as bake sales and bucket shaking en route.

Isle Challenge


40 members of Santander senior leadership team cycled and trekked 123 miles from the New Forest to the Isle of Wight during September. The team raised an amazing £64,000!

South Africa Challenge


40 colleagues from across Santander’s operations headed to South Africa in October to build three houses for children who have been orphaned by HIV. Everyone taking part raised a brilliant £164,000 through sponsorship and events such Samosa sales and race nights.

Store Wars


30 teams from across Santander’s retail network took over Age UK and Barnardo’s charity shops and competed to increase takings by the greatest amount. This formed part of a UK-wide fortnight of fundraising in October, which raised over £300,000.

Volunteering Spotlight

In April 2016, a team of 16 Santander volunteers from across Santander’s Tyne & Tees retail region came together to transform a Barnardo’s service garden. The team created a walking path, painted fencing, developed a bug hotel, and created a mud kitchen, herb garden and rockery! The children have absolutely loved playing in the garden, and using the new facilities to learn about nature.


Launching On Track services

Thanks to the support of the Santander Foundation, Barnardo’s has launched two On Track services in Birmingham and Basingstoke, supporting long-term unemployed vulnerable young people. The On Track approach, successfully piloted for three years’ previously, uses a range of activities such as sport, outdoor pursuits, music, art or technology to engage young people.

Barnardo’s progression coaches provide 1;1 support to help young people develop confidence, new skills and to move into positive destinations such as apprenticeships.


Forbes Mutch, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Barnardo’s says:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from Santander staff in the first year of this partnership with Age UK and Barnardo’s. The generosity and commitment has been truly remarkable and is vital to helping both charities change lives. We’re thrilled to be continuing our partnership for the next two years and can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring.”

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