This year’s intake of summer interns at Deutsche Bank in the Channel Islands has succeeded in raising a total of almost £9,000 for their nominated charities, the YES project in Jersey and the HUB in Guernsey.
Alongside completing their ten week summer placements, the group of interns organised a range of hugely successful fundraising events across both islands, including raffles, cake sales and tuck shops. In Jersey, the interns also organised a quiz night, a supermarket bag-pack and a ‘Bike-A-Thon’, whilst in Guernsey a food delivery service and a book swap shop also helped them towards their end total.
Across both islands the interns’ fundraising efforts were matched by Deutsche Bank through its ‘Matched Giving Scheme’, meaning that efforts were doubled to bring the final total to just under £9,000.
In Guernsey, a grand total of £2,350 was donated to the HUB, which provides a support service for 11 to 16 year olds and offers advice and guidance on a range of issues, from education and careers, to sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Earlier this year, Deutsche Bank made a £5,000 donation to Young People Guernsey, who operate The HUB in partnership with Barnardo’s, to help with the running of the St Peter Port-based centre.
Meanwhile, in Jersey the interns raised an impressive £6,490 which was donated to the Jersey Youth Enquiry Services (YES), a free, independent and confidential information, advice and counselling service where 14 to 25 years olds can access up to date and accurate information and advice so they can make informed choices on a range of issues in their lives.
Eilish Ashworth, one of the Guernsey interns, said: “Being involved in the charity project and being able to take on our own initiatives, working closely as a team have been one of the highlights of the internship."
Lindsay Ellis, a Jersey intern, agreed: "The charity initiative has been one of the biggest highlights of the internship. It has not only helped to improve my organisational skills, but it has helped to provoke imaginative ideas, form friendships with a new group of people and provide a fun outlet for the group."
The success of the Deutsche Bank interns this year builds on the achievements of the previous group of interns last summer, who managed to raise in excess of £1,600 for the Jersey Cheshire Home through a Bike-A-Thon involving 20 bank staff.
Helen Shoreson, Head of HR for Deutsche Bank in the Channel Islands, said:
"Planning these charity projects and engaging with the community during the ten week placement has proven to be a hugely valuable learning experience for our interns. Running alongside the business-related projects that form part of our internship, these fundraising initiatives have required the interns to work together as a team, something they have done admirably. Deutsche Bank is committed to engaging with the local community, and we are delighted that the efforts of our interns have succeeded in raising considerable sums for both The Hub and YES.”