Santander has launched a new type of bank to help spread joy to less fortunate children this Christmas: ‘Santa & Deer’.

From 5th December, children have been dropping off new or nearly new toys in collection boxes and red sacks located in the bank’s branches all over the UK in exchange for chocolate coins. All of the toys received have been donated to local charities around the country to help those less fortunate this Christmas.

Santander’s Market Square branch in Northampton set up a ‘Santa & Deer’ toy collection box in branch and saw around 20 toys donated by local children. Suky Rai, Branch Director, at Santander’s Northampton branch presented the toys to Blackthorn Children’s Centre on 16th December.

Suky, Branch Director, at Santander Northampton branch commented: “Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and it was great to take part in the ‘Santa & Deer’ initiative. We were overwhelmed by the local support and the volume of toys we received. We hope the donations make a real difference to less fortunate families this Christmas.”

Louise Paterson, Service Coordinator at Blackthorn Children’s Centre commented: “We were over the moon with the toys we received from the Santa & Deer Christmas campaign. The generous donations from local children will really help make Christmas that little bit more special for many children this year.”

The campaign which ran throughout the Christmas period saw toys distributed to a range of charities across the UK including Oxfam, Family Action, British Red Cross and many more to help as many families as possible. A short film to promote the ‘new’ bank was launched on Santander’s social media channels with two recognisable ambassadors lending a hand.

Jessica Ennis-Hill said: “It was really fun to take part in Santander’s Christmas campaign again this year. Christmas is such a special time and it’s wonderful to be able to bring happiness and joy to children across the UK.”

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