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Sharkey support RBS in their fight against child poverty

6th October 2015 in Community Involvement
Sharkey are delighted to have supported our client The Royal Bank of Scotland in their fight against child poverty by taking part in the first-ever RBS Corporate Generation Challenge.
RBS Corporate Generation Challenge raised almost £200,000 to date to help fight child poverty
One in five children and young people in Scotland live in poverty
Sharkey staff have raised over £16,000 for charity so far in 2015

On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September, 2015 Sharkey supported The Royal Bank of Scotland by sending a team to take part in the RBS Corporate Generation Challenge. The gruelling two-day adventure consisted of 10 physical and mental challenges with a target of raising vital funds to support the STV Children’s Appeal and Prince’s Trust.

Based at The Royal Bank of Scotland’s world headquarters at Gogarburn, the RBS Corporate Generation Challenge brought together 30 teams drawn from The Royal Bank of Scotland, their corporate customers and corporate partners. Each team was competing for the coveted winner’s prize and consisted of four team members from all age ranges; Under 25, 25-35, 35-45 and 45 years of age and over.

The Sharkey team, comprised Graeme Maclean and Sabrina McKelvey from our finance department, Billy Ratcliffe our RBS Account Delivery Manager, together with one of the newest members of our expanding surveying team, Kenny Millar. The team finished the challenge in a very creditable 8th place and were delighted to have raised £5000 in the process.

Split over two days this demanding challenge included a 10km relay race (Sharkey finishing 3rd), football skills tests, scrabble, orienteering, beep test, tug of war (which Sharkey won alongside RBS), army team building challenges, 100ft inflatable army assault course, Jenga, Connect 4 and finished with a lively music-themed quiz.

It wasn’t all hard work however, as on the Friday evening the competitors were allowed a little relaxation time, with a street party inside the Gogarburn facility and a charity auction and dinner, all of which were great fun and provided an ideal opportunity for everyone involved to socialise and interact.

 

‘Thanks to you all for taking part.  It was a fantastic event that has made a big difference to two great causes.  We are motoring towards the £200k mark which is exceptional. I think we can safely say that the ‘proof of concept’ has worked and we’ll be back again next year – bigger and better.  I hope we see you all there again’

-Chris Wilson, MD Branch & Private Banking, Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland

 

Sharkey would like to thank The Royal Bank of Scotland and everybody involved for making this such a successful event and helping to raise such a substantial amount to help fight child poverty. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

STV Children’s Appeal

One in five children and young people in Scotland live in poverty, affecting over 220,000 people. The STV Children’s Appeal was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV to raise funds and to help make a real difference to those who need it most, by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support.

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day.

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