Investing in our community
Here at Charter Savings Bank we are proud to support local charities and invest in our local community.
“I am thrilled by the success of the partnerships we hold and I am stunned by the dedication our employees who have done all kinds of amazing things to raise money for our chosen charity.” - Ian Lonergan, Chief Executive Officer, Charter Court Financial Services.
Read on to find out more.
Charity of the year
Socks and Chocs - 2017 and 2018 - £83,846 total raised to date.
Socks and Chocs is the vision of ex-armed forces and West Midlands Police Officer Ian Northcott.
Inspired by experiences in his own career, Ian set up Socks and Chocs to raise funds to provide a pair of clean, dry socks to members of the homeless community on the streets of Birmingham and Wolverhampton. He has worked tirelessly since 2010 and now distributes socks, chocs, and sleeping bags as far afield as Coventry and Worcester.
After exceeding our 2017 fundraising target, we are delighted to be continuing our support for Socks and Chocs in 2018. We’ve set ourselves another challenging target for this year to help Ian reach even more of those who need help from Socks and Chocs.
The Chris Westwood Charity was our chosen charity for 2016 - Total raised £60,835.61
We supported The Christ Westwood Charity throughout 2016. Focusing on Stourbridge and the surrounding areas, it supports children and young people with physical disabilities by providing financial help to fund the purchase of mobility equipment.
Believe to Achieve was our chosen charity for 2015 - Total raised £41,032.51
The charity was founded in 2001 by Lisa Potts, the Wolverhampton nursery school teacher who in 1996 protected her class from a machete wielding attacker. Lisa was subsequently awarded the George Medal. The charity tackles the low self-esteem of children in Wolverhampton and being a small charity, the money we raise during 2015 will help to make a considerable difference to them and the local community.
Many activities are in place (some more gruelling than others) to ensure we can provide as much support as possible to Believe to Achieve.
"Without doubt the benefits to the charity's profile and work across the City of Wolverhampton is greatly enhanced by this wonderful mutual partnership. ’Together we can' is one of the charity's mottos and this partnership brings the statement to life." - Nick Pratt, Project Manager - Believe to Achieve.
Compton Hospice was our chosen charity for 2014 - Total raised £27,749.81
In 2014 we chose Wolverhampton based Compton Hospice as our charity for the year, and set ourselves a target to raise £10,000. With the help of our colleagues we were able to more than double our contribution and raised £27,749.81. From running to walking, Easter eggs to Christmas jumpers and baking to singing, our colleagues have gone the extra mile to improve the life of patients facing a life-limiting illness.
From time to time we also support other charity events which are close to our hearts. To name just a few, in 2014 we supported Cancer Research with many employees completing the Race for Life, and MND with our sales team taking part in the internet frenzy Ice Bucket Challenge.
Investing in our community
In addition to our charity partnerships, we are always looking at ways we can help in our local community. As part of our commitment to this, we sponsor Wolverhampton Rugby Club and Alvechurch Cricket Club. We believe both clubs share our values and team spirit.
Our annual sponsorship is aimed at supporting these clubs and giving something back to our local community. It goes further than financial contributions; we aim to bring together activities which have a positive and lasting impact in the community.
Together we are providing the community with fast modern service whilst keeping traditional family values." - Natalie Cooper, Club Secretary.
Good Causes Fund
In 2015 we also launched a Good Causes Fund which allows us to award up to £1,000 twice a year towards special events being undertaken by employees or their families.
Our first recipient of the CCFS Good Causes Fund was the daughter of a Processing Team member, who received £1,000 sponsorship to support her goal of becoming an Olympic swimmer. Her most recent achievements include competing in Luxembourg alongside Olympic Swimmers and winning the 100m individual medley race in the Staffordshire County Championships. This allowed her to qualify for the nationals in Sheffield.