Bank staff raised €35,824 for charitable causes in Clare

Bank staff raised €35,824 for charitable causes in Clare


Bank of Ireland staff raised €35,824 for charitable causes in Clare in 2017 through the bank’s flagship charity and community initiative, Give Together.

The charity programme gives Bank of Ireland staff throughout Ireland the chance to lend support to their chosen charities or causes through fundraising and volunteering.

In total, just over €1.55 million was raised by bank staff across the country and over 900 days were volunteered this year.

Bank of Ireland also supported three flagship charities in 2017 – Age Action, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Some of this activity included:

Age Action’s ‘Positive Ageing Week’, which saw 46 events such as coffee mornings and digital skills workshops take place throughout the country including 1 in Clare.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘CRP 4 Schools’ programme, bringing lifesaving CPR training to 400 schools over the next two years including 7 schools to date in Clare.

Supporting 338 Jack & Jill families throughout the country, including 9 families in Clare.

Marie Meehan, Head of Bank of Ireland County Clare said: “Bank of Ireland is deeply connected across the whole county of Clare through its customers, branch networks, staff and community engagement programmes. It is significant that through the combined efforts of our colleagues and Give Together support over €35,000 has been raised for charitable organisations and that many community groups and initiatives in Clare have been supported.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.