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Trees planted to mark 20 years of Nationwide supporting charity
STAFF at Nationwide celebrated the 20th anniversary of their work with a major cancer charity by planting the first of 20 fruit trees yesterday.
Nationwide Building Society and Macmillan Cancer Support have been working in partnership since 1993, and to mark the anniversary staff at the building society planted an apple tree and installed a commemorative bench.
To date, Nationwide has raised £6.5m for the charity, which funds specialist cancer care nurses through a number of different events such as the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, which it will hold in branches across the country.
The firm’s celebrations come during the week of the charity’s annual fundraiser and a further 19 fruit trees will be planted over the next few months to represent each of the 20 years they have been working together.
It is hoped that the fruit produced will be used at Macmillan coffee mornings in future years.
Tony Prestedge, chief operating officer at Nationwide, said: “Macmillan is a very special charity. It’s one that has helped an enormous amount of people across the country, including many people who work for the business.
“About 18,000 people voted for Nationwide to keep Macmillan as one of our chief partners and it’s great to be able to mark it with planting an orchard.
“The orchard will be a great place for people who have been affected by Macmillan and benefited from their support and also for other members of staff to come along and reflect and enjoy the fruit from the trees.”
The money the firm has raised is equivalent of paying for 1,200 Macmillan nurses for a year to help people living with cancer, and their families, to receive essential medical, practical and emotional support so no-one has to face the condition alone.
Emily Shelford, head of account management at Macmillan, said: “It was my first tree planting but it’s amazing to be here to celebrate 20 years of partnership with Nationwide.
“It’s one of our most important partnerships and it’s brilliant that Macmillan is supported across the workforce at Nationwide and that all the staff take part.
“It’s really nice to have something to mark the 20 years we have been working together and to come here and see the first of these trees being planted.”
Throughout this month, Nationwide has been encouraging employees to celebrate the anniversary by challenging them to raise £65,000 through sponsored activities, including parachuting and participating in the Three Peaks Challenge.
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