One company banking on success in the East Lancashire Hospice 2018 Corporate Challenge is the Blackburn arm of Barclays!
The services that banks offer these days are radically different from the simple pay-in and pay-out services of a few decades ago - and many of those new services are community minded which makes the Corporate Challenge a perfect fit for what Barclays is aiming to achieve.
Of course, core to the business is still cash withdrawals, cash deposits, cheque and paying-in booths, personalised customer care and support, and business banking. These sit alongside products like bank accounts and credit cards, mortgage and real estate services, savings accounts and customised investment solutions, loans, insurances and retirement planning.
But staff are now going out into the community more, dealing for instance with fraud awareness, teaching life skills in schools and colleges, budgeting & managing money and giving advice to older members of society at meetings like Age Concern.
Tracey Lowe was recently appointed manager at the Blackburn branch in Darwen Street and has quickly taken the Corporate Challenge on board after it was recommended by one of her business managers Sohail Iqbal. And for every pound raised up to £1,000 by individuals, Barclays have a policy to match it.
Tracey said: “I have had a lot of experience with how Trinity Hospice in Blackpool works and the services it has to offer and I know that East Lancashire offers all of those services to the people of this part of the county. “We have around 20 staff at Blackburn and they are a diverse group of people in age and outlook who I know will have so much to offer in the Corporate Challenge.
“While we haven’t mapped out exactly what we are going to do yet I can imagine there will be a bit of everything including cake bakes and a sponsored exercise bike in the banking hall. Some of the more energetic staff members may take part in 10k and even half or full marathons.”
And with the heavy footfall of customers who will be asked to voluntarily contribute to the challenge, it could be money in the bank for the hospice!
To find out more about the Corporate Challenge visit https://eastlancshospice.org.uk/corporate-challenge-2018-3 or call Jennifer in the fundraising department on 01254 287012