The tree was planted to celebrate the volunteering efforts from the staff here at the Bank to help clear the gardens in advance of the charity’s Summer fair, as well as to recognise our support for the hospice as one of our charities of the year 2016/17.
Mark Carney was given a tour of the hospice and met with the children and staff. He was also shown the tree planted by the Earl of Cromer, a former Governor of the Bank and British Ambassador to the United States in 1974 who was among more than 100 notable public figures to plant trees in Haven House’s arboretum.
Mark Carney said:
“The Bank of England is proud to support Haven House Children’s Hospice as one of our charities of the year. The tree I have planted today marks our partnership and celebrates the contribution of Bank staff who have been offering support to the children with life limiting conditions and their families at Haven House.
I’m proud to say that Bank colleagues have been fundraising through a range of activities and have raised over £34,000 for the charity so far this year.”
The Bank of England fosters an inclusive culture where everyone can contribute to the public good. As part of this we encourage colleagues to support the community and charitable causes that they care about.
Each year, colleagues are invited to nominate and then vote for the charities they would like to support. Our charities for 2016/17 are Macmillan Cancer Support and Haven House Children’s Hospice.