Caring Cooks have received almost £6,000 from Standard Bank after the organisation introduced payroll giving in 2018 and chose the charity as a beneficiary.
The funds raised by staff will be used to deliver Caring Cooks’ Let’s Get Cooking Programme’ to over 1,000 primary school children in Jersey each year. The programme delivers food and nutrition education to ensure that primary school children go to secondary school with an understanding of basic nutrition and an armoury of essential life skills. The objective is to help young people make positive choices about their food as they become more independent.
Debbie Cornish, Caring Cooks Marketing and Fundraising Trustee, said: “We are very grateful to Standard Bank and its employees who have donated generously through Payroll Giving, these funds will support the further growth of our Let’s Get Cooking Programme, allowing more primary school children the opportunity to learn the skills required to prepare and cook their own meals.”
Standard Bank was the first bank in Jersey to bring in payroll giving, allowing employees to donate a percentage of their earnings automatically to charity each month via a payroll deduction. The monthly donations are held by the organisation until the end of the year and then passed to charity beneficiaries, who can then claim up to 25% tax back from the Jersey Income Tax Office, further boosting their fund-raising targets.
Tina Monro, Head of Human Capital at Standard Bank Wealth International said: “The Bank very much got behind payroll giving in 2018, recognising the opportunity that it gives our staff to contribute to local charities on a regular basis. We are delighted our inaugural payroll giving scheme resulted in a year-end total of £6,000 being collected. It is an amazing result for a very worthwhile local cause.”
Standard Bank staff were asked to nominate their beneficiary charities for 2019 and have chosen Jersey Hospice Care, Cancer Research Jersey and MIND Jersey.