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News > £10 challenge kick starts NatWest ‘By Your Side’ Fundraising
£10 challenge kick starts NatWest ‘By Your Side’ Fundraising
Thursday 9th April 2015

Local NatWest branches across North Wales have set a phenomenal fundraising goal to raise £35,120, a generous ten percent of the overall target for the By Your Side cancer care appeal for the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las, which is being led by local musician/Welsh rocker and current cancer patient Mike Peters.

NatWest Cymru actively supports national charities throughout the year like Children in Need, Macmillan and Red Nose Day. Mike German, Local CEO for North East Wales NatWest, saw the value in supporting something local whilst reaching all branch areas across North Wales. Mike explains more:

“It makes perfect sense to try and link local fundraising efforts with other branches across North Wales to support our hospitals and healthcare services that are nearby and so dear to us all. Cancer care has unfortunately touched so many of us; our colleagues, our friends, local customers and communities, and if we can help support those patients who are treated in our very own hospitals through this appeal, then that would be a fantastic achievement for everyone.”

The appeal is now officially being supported by all NatWest branches across North Wales from Wrexham through to Pwllheli with various fundraising events already taking shape.

Mike added:

“I was so pleased with the enthusiasm from our branch managers and staff. I decided to set them a £10 challenge to raise as much money as they could to kick start our fundraising. I have been delighted to hear so many great ideas to generate income for the appeal.”


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Most recently, Denbigh NatWest hosted a fundraising raffle and presented winners with their prizes on 12th March.  The first prize winner of £50, who wants to remain anonymous, donated the money back to the By Your Side Appeal, to the delight of all involved. Other prizes included £50 Travis Perkins Voucher, £22 Con Amici voucher, Pure Beauty vouchers, hair care hampers, whiskey and much more, kindly donated and won by the local community.

Branch staff members have also raised money by organising a book shop.

Margaret Roberts, Denbigh branch manager, explains:

“We wanted to do something that made use of those books we’ve all read that sit on our shelves for years. We set up a book shop, with books kindly donated by staff members, family and friends, so that customers and staff could also enjoy them, whilst raising money for charity. The books were displayed within the branch where people could browse through them, and if they found one that they liked, they donated.

“It has been very successful and we are grateful to our local community for donating prizes, books and buying raffle tickets to help such a great cause”


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Ruthin NatWest have been busy learning to knit to produce beautiful Welsh Daffodil broaches for the spring.

Beth Spratt, Ruthin branch manager, explains:

“My mother knits and creates lots of lovely pieces. It gave us the idea to make something pretty, and one of our Welsh symbols, for people to wear with pride. Wool is fairly cheap to buy so we invested our £10 into this and taught each other in branch to knit some delightful daffodils. They have been very popular and have created much interest with many of our customers and even with Mike Peters and his wife, Jules.”



Pam Sheemar, Branch Manager, says:

“We had already started to support local cancer patients at the Shooting Star Unit through fundraising initiatives but when we met Mike Peters and heard about the appeal, it made perfect sense to potentially join up with other branches across North Wales to fundraise together through the By Your Side Appeal.”

Pam added:

“To start our fundraising I decided to set a walking challenge in March to kick start our fundraising year together. It was a rainy day but the highlight was definitely walking along the North Wales NHS charity mascot bear, Nel Del, who kept us motivated and made us laugh throughout the whole 4 hour walk from Wrexham to Llangollen. However, this is just the beginning; there are lots of ideas buzzing around our branches to have some fun to raise lots of money for a great cause throughout the year. So watch this space!”


Paul Colclough, Local CEO for North West Wales NatWest, recently joined a By Your Side appeal fundraiser as a volunteer at a local U20’s Rugby game to raise money and awareness and saw the value in supporting something local. Paul explains more:

“It is great to be a part of a community effort to help local charitable causes, which is why I wanted to get involved, alongside some of my colleagues from NatWest, and volunteer.  Everyone had a great time at the rugby and really appreciated how local this charity was to us all, whether from Bangor or Colwyn Bay, we all benefit from our hospitals and NHS healthcare services that are nearby.”


Caernarfon NatWest hosted a fundraising cake bake.

Lowri Roberts-Drakely, from the branch, explains:

“Cake bakes are popular these days and it is a great excuse for everyone to join together and show off their skills, whether it is just a chocolate cereal cake or a four tiered carrot cake, it’s an opportunity to have some fun and of course, indulge!”

In total NatWest branches have already raised over £6,500 and look forward to reaching their joint fundraising goal within a year.

There are whispers of Zip Wire plummets and summiting mount Snowdon for  future staff challenges. If you would like to donate to support the teams’ efforts please visit their JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/NatWestBYS

All monies raised through the appeal will be directed to the three main cancer units in North Wales; The Alaw Unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, The North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and the Shooting Star Unit in the Wrexham Maelor Hospital alongside the surgical, acute, primary and community services that support patients with cancer.