It’s a knockout for Santander

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Teams from across Santander pitted their wits against one another last week, as they donned huge costumes and faced a barrage of foam and water in a charity remake of the classic game show It’s A Knockout.

The event was staged to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care – Santander’s Charity of the Year – and was part of the bank’s aim to raise £750,000 over the course of the year. This equates to 37,500 hours of free Marie Curie Nursing care for people in their own homes.

Jonathan Elliott, Senior Community Manager at Santander, commented: “It’s A Knockout is one of the UK’s most iconic game shows and many of our employees grew up watching the show, so they couldn’t wait for to take part. It’s been great fun and – most importantly – together we’ve raised funds and awareness for a fantastic cause.”

Kate Thornton, Corporate Account Manager at Marie Curie Cancer Care, commented: “It’s brilliant to see so many employees from Santander getting involved and taking part in fundraisers we’ve staged across the UK, such as these It’s A Knockout events. Just £20 pays for an hour of nursing care, so the money raised by Santander this year is making a huge difference to provide support for terminally ill people when they need it most, where they want it most.”

The North It’s A Knockout event was also held last week in Liverpool, with a further 100 Santander employees taking part to raise funds for Marie Curie. Santander hopes the events will raise a grand total of almost £40,000 in sponsorship. Other events the bank’s 26,000 staff will be able to get involved in this year include initiatives such as the Great Wall of China Trek, Charity Shop Challenge and gala dinner.