TSB continue to support CHHF and SPlashED Appeal
TSB Community Fund donation
Thank you to TSB Community Fund who donated £3000 to the SPlashED appeal to help us to have child friendly distraction in our treatment rooms. We are looking to provide various forms of distraction for our new treastment rooms in the Children’s Emergency Department to help with anxiety and pain whilst being in a strange environment.
Charlotte Durrant, Paediatric Emergency Department Lead Nurse thanked TSB for this fantastic donation saying “This will make a major difference to the children’s experience within the unit, helping us to provide a child friendly environment.”
23 April 2017
WELL DONE BECKY
Completed the London Marathon in 5 hours and 39 mins. Brilliant!!!
7 April 2017
A RUNNER will be taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon this month to raise funds for a charity which has helped both her dad and brother through cancer.
Becky Firth, from Saltash, will be pounding the streets of London on April 23 to raise money for the Plymouth-based Chestnut Appeal.
The TSB employee will also be supporting The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund, which has been helping a colleague’s son, who has Cystic Fibrosis.
Becky has overcome crippling blisters to complete the necessary training for the gruelling 26.2-mile course, but is determined not to let her sore feet stop her.
Becky said: “I have run the London Marathon once before and despite saying ‘never again’ I found myself entering in a momentary lapse.
“When I found out I had a place I wasn’t sure whether to cry or be excited!”The atmosphere at London is amazing though and it’s true that the support from the other runners and crowds help get you round.
“The training has been tough – I think I’d conveniently forgotten how much marathon training takes over your life.”Getting up early on weekend mornings and going out for long runs whatever the weather isn’t easy.
“I also suffer with really bad blistered toes – in fact so much so that my friends have nicknamed me ‘Becky Bad Toes’. “There have been times when I wonder how I’m going to make it to the start but then I reflect and think ‘I bet my dad, Nigel and Jack wish they only had sore toes’ – which then spurs me on!”
Any sponsorship Becky raises will be split equally between The Chestnut Appeal and The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund.
Becky said: “I always try to fundraise for local charities so that something is given back to my community.
“I chose The Chestnut Appeal because both my dad (Keith) and brother (Nigel) have prostate cancer so I know what devastating effects it can have on men.
“The Chestnut Appeal has funded lots of pioneering equipment and treatments which have, and will help so many people.
“I work for TSB and The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund is the chosen charity of our Plymouth branches. This is because the son (Jack) of one of our partners has Cystic Fibrosis and therefore needs to spend quite a lot of time visiting Derriford.
“In addition to this, quite a lot of children of my friends and families have had to spend considerable periods of time on the wards and the charity has helped to make these stays more comfortable.”
Becky has been running for several years and has completed nine half marathons.
She said: “I run to help with weight loss and fitness. After a period of not running, I rejoined the Tamar Trotters running club in Saltash last October to help with my training.
“I would like to thank my family for their unconditional support and especially my husband, Tony, who inspired me to get back into running, he encourages me and has to endure my endless moaning about my sore toes and how tired I am.”
To sponsor Becky go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BeckyFirth
By Contributor in Charity
TSB’s partners and customers in Tavistock have raised around £600 for the branch’s local charity partner, The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund.
The Tavistock branch’s most recent fundraising activity was a Christmas bake sale and jumper day, which raised £50 for the children’s charity based at Derriford Hospital.
Three other TSB banks in the Tavistock and Plymouth area are also fundraising for The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund, reaching a current total of around £1,500.
Like TSB, The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund is passionate about helping the local community in Tavistock and Plymouth to thrive. The funds raised will be used to improve the facilities on the children’s wards at Derriford Hospital, including creating a sensory room and making the wards feel more like home.
Christine Dainty, branch manager at TSB Tavistock, said: ‘The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund is a vital part of our local community and we’re really proud to have them as our local charity partner.
‘Our team in Tavistock has worked hard putting in a lot of time and dedication to make the Christmas-themed day a success.
‘We have really enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers and baking our Christmas treats and it is fantastic to know the difference that our efforts will make.’
Sue Rodgers, play service team leader and fundraising co-ordinator for The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund, said: ‘The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund wants to thank TSB local branches for supporting our charity to help raise money to raise smiles for children that come to Derriford Hospital for treatment and appointments.
‘As a charity we support all the children’s wards, children’s outpatients, children’s theatres and the children’s high dependency unit as well as some of our patients in the community.
‘All funds raised are used to benefit the patients so every penny counts and can make a difference.
‘At present, we are raising money to update the cubicles to create a more friendly and relaxing space.
‘Our long-term patients use these whenever they come into hospital and by creating a welcoming room it helps with their ability to cope with the treatment they are having.
‘Funds raised by TSB and their customers will help us to provide these new facilities.’
TSB said its sole focus was to serve local people and businesses which, in turn, helps fuel local economies across Britain.
Instead of having a centrally chosen charity of the year, partners working at TSB are empowered to support a local cause that shares the bank’s passion for helping local communities to thrive.