Every year, bank employees are asked to nominate a charitable organization to support, with which they have a personal connection.
This year, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust was suggested by Claire Bushby, an investment support administrator for the Development Bank of Wales Group. Bushby’s brother died due to cystic fibrosis (CF).
“This year has meant a lot to me,” Bushby said in a press release. Her brother died in 2005 at age 23.
“Having the support of colleagues to raise a fantastic amount of money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has really been emotional, in a good way. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust do hugely important work, both supporting patients and their families and conducting life-saving research,” Bushby added.
The organization is the largest non-profit funder of CF research in the U.K., home to about 10,500 people with the progressive disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust funds ground-breaking research, promotes high-quality care, fights for treatment access, and provides support resources to patients and families.
“On behalf of everyone here at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, I would like to say a huge thank you to Claire Bushby and all from the Development Bank of Wales,” said Gemma Williamson, Cystic Fibrosis Trust community fundraiser. “Throughout the last 12 months the commitment from staff has been incredible, and this shows in the astonishing amount they have raised on our behalf.”
“By promoting world-class research, clinical excellence, and championing our community on the issues that matter, we are making a daily difference to those living with cystic fibrosis and the people who care for them. We won’t stop until the day when everyone with cystic fibrosis can expect to live a long and healthy life regardless of the condition. Together we can get there,” Williamson added.
The bank raised funds by hosting a “Spooktacular” Halloween ball in Cardiff, Wales, last fall. Employees also held bake sales and raffles and, backed by sponsors, ran the challenging Wrexham Half Marathon in the U.K.
Each year, the bank holds a yearlong fundraising campaign for a different cause, or supporting a non-profit. This year’s efforts are on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK.