Sweet Christmas treat for sick children thanks to Arbroath bank

Selection box appeal in RBS, from left - Joanna Russell, Anne Pedgrift, David Knox, branch manager, Kirsteen Anderson, Marie Ann Turriff.
Selection box appeal in RBS, from left - Joanna Russell, Anne Pedgrift, David Knox, branch manager, Kirsteen Anderson, Marie Ann Turriff.

More than 700 selection boxes have been collected by a local bank branch to put a smile on sick children’s faces all across Scotland.

The team at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Brothock Bridge this week delivered 718 Christmas selection boxes to CCLASP, a charity which supports children and teenagers all over Scotland who are suffering from cancer and leukaemia.

Boxes were donated by a range of people, from local businesses to individual customers, even some people who are not with RBS and had heard about the collection.

Branch manager David Knox said: “Two children came in with their mum with a selection box each that they had bought with their pocket money, they weren’t even customers and had seen the campaign on Facebook.”

Charitable projects are all part of the service at the branch, according to David. He explained: “We do an appeal every year. Last year we took part in the Angus Toy Appeal and collected around 120 toys.

“We originally targeted 100 boxes, but we did that in a day and a half!

“They’ve all been donated by customers, business customers, staff and colleagues. It’s been unreal.

“CCLASP need 4000 selection boxes and I reckon we’ll have donated around 20 per cent, it’s been pretty crazy.

“We started off with one box, filled that, got another box, then eventually ran out of boxes and had to use big gift bags.

“Everybody’s been brilliant, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.

“We thought it was a really good thing to do, it’s just got a wee bit bigger than we expected!”

The collection ran for four weeks and all of the selection boxes were taken down to CCLASP in Edinburgh on Wednesday and will be distributed around the country when the charity launches its programme of events next month.