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Brian O’Connor helping to set up the stall with Tracey Lee from BIRD
Brian O’Connor helping to set up the stall with Tracey Lee from BIRD

Internal News - 18 December 2006

Local Barclays employee raises funds for arthritis research in Bath

Local Barclays employee Brian O’Connor recently took part in a fundraising event in aid of the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD), a charity that supports research and education into many aspects of bone and joint disease.

The charity promotes collaboration between clinicians and research scientists and has close links with the University.

Mr O'Connor raised over £450 by helping to sell Christmas puddings and other goodies at the Bath Christmas Market. Funds raised were matched by the Barclays community investment programme.

Mr O'Connor said: “At Barclays we strive to strengthen local communities in which we live and work by supporting a range of causes. I’m delighted to be able to support arthritis research in Bath through helping BIRD.”

Thanking Mr O'Connor for his efforts, Dr Nick Hall, Chair of BIRD, said: “BIRD raises funds for research that brings together doctors from the Bath Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and scientists from the University of Bath to improve treatments for patients with several forms of arthritis. We are grateful to Brian and to Barclays for their support.”

Over the last four years, Barclays staff have raised over £40 million for over 7,500 of their favourite charities. Last year, over 26,000 Barclays staff were involved in local fundraising or volunteering events within the local community. In 2005, Barclays global commitment to the community amounted to £39.1 million, which includes 1 per cent of UK pre-tax profits.