Danske Bank employees and pensioners have donated £1million to over 400 local charities since 1991.
The donations were made through the Bank’s Employees’ Charity Group, which was established twenty five years ago, by staff in Danske Bank, previously Northern Bank, to support charities and good causes throughout Northern Ireland. Members pay into a fund monthly through a ‘Give As You Earn’ scheme. With no overheads, all of the money raised goes directly to local charitable causes.
The Group reached the £1million milestone at the end of 2015 after donating £5,000 to Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary. The Antrim-based sanctuary helps all kinds of animals, mainly horses and ponies, but also dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens. Volunteer Carmel Walsh accepted the donation on behalf of the charity: “The money provided through Danske Bank’s Employees’ Charity Group has been a tremendous help. Thanks to this donation we have been able to carry out work on our paths and entrance enabling better access for people with disabilities.”
Kevin Kingston, Chief Executive at Danske Bank said: "I am delighted and extremely proud of Danske Bank staff and pensioners who have very generously donated £1million to over 400 charities since 1991. We're pleased that local charities and worthy causes right across Northern Ireland have benefitted and members look forward to supporting many more organisations in the future".
• The Northern Bank Employees’ Charity Group consists entirely of both current and retired Danske Bank employees.
• The Group, which has been granted Charity Status, operates entirely independently of the Bank.
• An elected committee manages the fund by considering requests for donations as well as actively seeking out worthy causes to support.