RBS and NatWest
RBS and NatWest have been key supporters of Macmillan since 2008 and during this time have raised £2.3m and volunteered more than 12,000 hours to help people affected by cancer.
In 2013, they raised more than £400,000 for Macmillan, a record breaking £151,000 of which was raised by employees and customers who took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.
This money will help Macmillan support more than 1,200 people with their money worries through the Financial Guidance Service launched with RBS in 2011. This innovative and free service is the first of its kind in the UK and has helped people affected by cancer unlock more than £10 million in financial gains. It has done this by helping people make informed financial decisions about things such as mortgages, pensions, savings, investments and more.
In May 2014, Macmillan launched a new report called ‘Counting on Your Support: How the banking sector can improve the service it provides to customers living with cancer [PDF]’.
This report explores the vital role the banking industry has to play in helping people living with cancer. For anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, money matters are hardly likely to be the first worry on their mind. However, this report shows that those who ring the Macmillan Support Line are 25 times more likely to be seeking assistance on financial issues than those related to death or dying.
RBS will be working together with Macmillan to gain a greater understanding of the impact of cancer and ensure our simple and practical recommendations help prevent cancer patients from spiralling into debt and financial difficulties.