BNP Paribas UK pledges support to London-based NHS Imperial Health Charity

April 9, 2020

London 9 April 2020 – BNP Paribas’ UK arm has today pledged £500,000 in philanthropic support to the London-based NHS Imperial Health Charity’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The money will help London hospitals handle the extraordinary pressures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The Imperial Health Charity is based in Marylebone, near to BNP Paribas’ UK head office.

The funds will benefit the following five hospitals:
• Charing Cross Hospital
• Hammersmith Hospital
• Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital
• St Mary’s Hospital
• Western Eye Hospital.

BNP Paribas UK Country Head, Anne Marie Verstraeten said:
“The COVID-19 virus is putting the NHS under extreme pressure. At this unparalleled and challenging time, we want to thank and help our NHS Heroes for their truly exceptional dedication to saving lives. Stronger together, as a community supporting each other, we will get through this.”

Imperial Health Charity CEO, Ian Lush said:
“In recent weeks we have seen the entire country come together to fight the coronavirus – and at the heart of this battle are our remarkable NHS staff who continue to work tirelessly, night and day, to protect us all from this unprecedented threat. During this extremely challenging period, we’re determined to do everything we can to help our hospital heroes as well as stepping up to support the most vulnerable patients in this time of crisis. We know we can’t do this alone. The scale of the challenge is enormous and this contribution from BNP Paribas will transform our capacity to respond to the coronavirus crisis and ensure we can provide the best possible support to our hospitals over the coming months.”

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About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 countries, with more than 196,000 employees, including around 149,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets, International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors.
BNP Paribas employs more than 9,000 people across 10 business lines in the UK. These include Corporate & Institutional Banking, Exane BNP Paribas, Leasing Solutions, Arval, Real Estate (including Strutt & Parker acquired in September 2017), Asset Management, Cardif Pinnacle, Commercial Finance, Personal Finance and Vauxhall Finance. Around half of its employees are in Corporate & Institutional Banking, based in London, while the others are based in various offices across the country, including Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester.

About the Imperial Health Charity
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