Business people from across the East Midlands raised over £1,000 for Newark-based Think Children at Allied Irish Bank (GB)’s inaugural charity quiz night in Nottingham.
Over 90 Allied Irish Bank (GB) clients and professional contacts attended the event, which was held at Malt Cross in Nottingham city centre, the historic pub and music hall rescued by Nottinghamshire YMCA last summer.
Founded in 1981, Think Children provides vital early help for primary school children in Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham who are struggling to cope with emerging emotional, social and/or behavioural issues. Its service fills a gap in services to prevent issues from escalating and getting harder, and more expensive, to solve.
Andy Cocker, head of Allied Irish Bank (GB)’s Business Centre in the East Midlands, said: “We were keen to support a small, locally-focused charity at our inaugural quiz night and were aware of the fantastic work that Think Children does. It may be a small charity but it has a hugely beneficial effect on the young children it works with and we’re absolutely thrilled with the amount our guests have raised.”
Wendy Walton-Towle, development manager at Think Children, added: “We’re so grateful to Allied Irish Bank (GB) for choosing to support Think Children and to all those businesses who attended the event. The money raised will enable six children to receive 12 one-to-one sessions of support, helping them to build the self-belief, resilience and confidence to deal with the difficult situations they find themselves in. There is a gap in services for children with lower level emotional, social or behavioural difficulties and it’s only with the help of both individual and corporate fundraisers that we’re able to help bridge this gap.”
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