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Wellbeing in the spotlight as Challenger Bank pledges support for mental health charity

A charity offering a creative outlet for people experiencing mental illness is set to benefit after becoming the official Charity of the Year for a Challenger bank.

Redwood Bank, based in Hertfordshire and Warrington, has pledged to support PoetsIN with monthly donations and proceeds from its fundraising activities. 

The charity, founded by Hertfordshire-based writer Paul Chambers and Cambridgeshire-based poet Sammie Adams, provides creative mental health programmes to help reduce the symptoms of mental illness. Its services include the flagship Creative Mental Health Programme™, a Buddy Service™ and one-to-one services with the aim of spreading ‘INspiring, INclusive and INformative’ messages.

Paul said: “Having the backing of a corporate organisation like Redwood shows the great strides that have been made in reducing the stigma around workplace wellbeing, and the responsibility employers are now taking when it comes to supporting the mental health of their employees.

“We’re hugely appreciative of Redwood Bank for choosing us as its Charity of the Year and we look forward to hearing what fundraising activities staff choose in order to raise vital funds for us. All the donations will go towards supporting those who need it most, when they need it most.”

As part of the partnership, PoetsIN will deliver workshops to Redwood staff in support of their workplace wellbeing. 

Redwood staff have been busy establishing fundraising ideas and are keen to hit the ground running in support of the charity.

The Bank’s CEO, Gary Wilkinson, said: “We wanted to support a local charity, and after hearing about the fantastic support PoetsIN offered to people during the pandemic, it was an obvious choice.

“We’re also looking forward to working closely with the charity to ensure our employees have the right support available, should they need it. Mental health is now more of a focus for businesses – and rightly so – and we believe the workshops offered by PoetsIN will be very beneficial to our staff and support their day-to-day wellbeing.”

Redwood has thrown its support behind a number of charities and good causes in recent years, including a donation of £10,000 for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust in its fight against COVID-19 in 2020. 

Last year, the Bank raised funds for the teenage cancer charity, Teens Unite, with staff walking, cycling or running as many miles as they could throughout April.

The hospice St Rocco’s also benefited after Redwood supported its ‘Renovate a Room’ scheme, donating £2,000 to refurbish a room for patients.

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