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Lloyds Banking Group Customer Contact Centre adopt The Christopher McCollum Fund as their chosen charity in 2016

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 Lloyds Banking Group Customer Contact Centre at the Gasworks in Belfast are delighted to announce a charity partnership with The Christopher McCollum Fund, for 2016.

As many as 60 staff will be taking part in ‘Days To Make A Difference’, volunteering and fundraising for the charity. ‘Days To Make A Difference’ is a Lloyds Banking Group scheme where colleagues allocate a full day each year during their working hours to help support local causes in the community.

The Christopher McCollum Fund is named after Christopher McCollum who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and passed away in 2001 aged 16.

The charity, set up by Christopher’s parents, Gerry and Geraldine, has 3 main aims:

1) to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair or other equipment for a young disabled person aged 18 and under and to help improve their quality of life

2) to raise funds for Duchenne Research and for the Muscular Dystrophy UK Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund to help find a treatment for Duchenne MD

3) to raise awareness with government to improve care and support.

Gerry McCollum, Chairman of The Christopher McCollum Fund commented “We are really delighted to have been selected as a chosen charity by the Mortgage Sales Team from Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) Customer Contact Centre. This is great recognition for our charity. We are very impressed how LBG dedicate their support and also fundraise for charities. It is wonderful how they allocate designated days during the year to enable staff to support a charity such as ours. Their “Make a Difference” scheme fits very well with what our charity does which is to “Make a Difference” in the lives of young disabled people and improve their quality of life. We look forward to working with the Team over the next 12 months.”

Damian McCluskey, Senior Team Manager at Lloyds Banking Group comments “We are delighted to have formed this new partnership with The Christopher McCollum Fund. Their story has really inspired us and it’s very clear that they are providing great support in our local community. Over the next 12 months we will do all we can to support them to help raise awareness and vital funds, that helps further research and purchases equipment that significantly increases the quality of life of many young people.”

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