July 2019 Blog …

July 2019 Blog …


The NHSCU – a good run for your money


At the NHS Credit Union, we’re different to others in that our members all have one thing in common. Their effort and enthusiasm for ensuring the NHS sets the standard for healthcare in the UK, consistently goes above and beyond what’s required of them. It’s not just a job, it’s a passion. From nurses and doctors to surgeons and specialists, they continue to act as an inspiration for all of us in what it means to be compassionate.

In my role as Corporate Services Administrator for the NHS Credit Union, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely not only with our NHS staff, but a number of brilliant third sector organisations. As a not-for-profit ourselves, we appreciate the importance of supporting fellow like-minded organisations where possible. Awareness is crucial to our continued growth, and goes hand in hand with the cooperative mindset and beliefs we hold at the NHS Credit Union.

Last year, we announced that our two charity partners for 2018/2019 were to be Bobath Scotland & Penumbra, two outstanding charities that make an incredible difference to those they support. Bobath provide advice and support to children and adults living with cerebral palsy, and Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health and suicide prevention charities. As with most charities, they are able to provide their excellent service thanks mostly to the generosity of donations.

You may have noticed on our social media channels that we try to raise funds for our charity partners where possible, including bucket collections and fundraising events throughout Scotland. We’ve taken to supermarkets and train stations, sold charity Christmas cards, and encouraged staff to get involved in various other site visits and travelling shows throughout the year.

Bobath Scotland has to raise around £750,000 per year to keep their centre open and help the 100 people throughout Scotland who go through therapy every year. Over 85% of this money has to come from voluntary sources, which shows how important the fundraising element is.

Penumbra support around 1600 adults and young people every week, and employ 400 staff across Scotland. Examples of how the funds can help are: £17 could provide a teenager with a 1:1 support session from their self-harm support team, and £20 covers the cost of a home visit from a Penumbra support worker, focusing on improving a person’s home, opportunities and sense of empowerment.

When the opportunity came around to raise some money and awareness for our charity partners in the Glasgow Fun Run in Bellahouston Park, I was delighted to volunteer, along with my colleagues Logan Taylor & Ruth Ryan. Being a keen runner myself, I try to get out at least once a week – but I knew I would have to step up my preparation for the big run, and was delighted to do so for such fantastic causes.

Thanks for your continued support, and please continue to support charitable causes where possible. There’s still lots of work to do in supporting those who live with cerebral palsy or mental health issues. To coin a running phrase, ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint.’


David Cairns

Corporate Services Administrator, NHS Credit Union

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