Ikano Bank helps raise £30,000 for Framework

  • Ikano Bank donates £5,000 to the Nottingham Post's emergency homelessness appeal

Swedish challenger bank Ikano Bank, with its UK head office on Station Street in Nottingham, donated £5,000 to the appeal in early December. The Framework Campaign was set up by Nottingham Post to fill a hole in the charity’s funds.

And they have been thanked by one of the men who has been supported by Framework to get off the streets and into a flat.

Paul Sinott said: "I think this is fantastic news. I'd like to say a massive thank you to everybody at Ikano Bank and to everybody else who has donated to this campaign so far. It's amazing to think that all this has come from people reading stories about people like me in a newspaper.

"It makes me feel quite proud actually – like in a very small way I am I am doing something to help other people who are in the same place that I was.

"Donations like this really are life-savers, because without the kind of support I got from the Street Outreach Team I wouldn't be where I am today, and neither would an awful lot of other people."

Ikano Bank was set up in the mid-90s by Ingvar Kamprad, who also founded Ikea, and came to Nottingham a short time later.

Kelly Newman, Internal Communications and Social Responsibility Manager at Ikano Bank, said the company likes to do whatever it can to help those in the local area. "We have been in business in Nottingham for more than 20 years and we are really proud to be associated with Nottingham," she said.

"We support the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon and have a focus on health and well-being in general. We could donate to a whole range of things but we want to make a difference and we know that this campaign will help make a difference for homeless people in Nottingham.

"As a local employer we feel we have a responsibility to do that."

In October 2016, self-styled activists sabotaged Framework's annual sleep-out, leaving a £30,000 hole in the charity's bank which the Post have endeavoured to plug.