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Graeme Yorston with Scott Quinnell and Ken Cowen at Principality Golf Day

18 October 2016

Principality fundraising helps charity get off to a flyer in Wales

Principality Building Society has donated £14,000 raised by its employees to a rugby charity that is helping schoolkids in Wales transform their lives.

School of Hard Knocks Cymru (SOHKC) is one of the Principality’s charity partners for the next three years and the donation has already helped the charity to take on a new team member.

SOHKC have rolled out a programme that combines rugby and one-to-one mentoring, to help each individual to meet positive and realistic goals towards good behaviour, attendance and academic attainment, and to raise their aspirations for life after education.

Graeme Yorston, Group Chief Executive at the Principality, said "As a significant business in Wales we are delighted to be helping a charity that has only just set up in this country. School of Hard Knocks are already making great progress on their development in Wales. They are a perfect fit with the philosophy we have helping out in our communities - particularly our long-term commitment to the Welsh Rugby Union by investing in grassroots rugby.”

Ken Cowen, Chief Executive Officer of School of Hard Knocks, said, “We are privileged to be in a partnership with a flagship business such as Principality. The cash raised has already allowed us to increase our small team in Wales as week look to roll out our programme in schools. The engagement and dedication shown by Principality to the partnership has been excellent from the start and is a big boost to us as a charity and the people we will help throughout Wales. We work with individuals to help them take responsibility and take positive steps forward in their lives. We are very excited to work with the Principality team.”

Former Welsh rugby international Scott Quinnell, an ambassador for the School of Hard Knocks, said: “It’s a fantastic that the charity has kick-started its work in Wales. It will help to make a major difference to the lives of kids in schools and people who are unemployed or not in training. The mentoring programme teaches transferable skills that can be learned from our national sport of rugby to help transform lives. It’s great that a big Welsh organisation like the Principality has got behind the launch here and I look forward to seeing this relationship prosper during the next few years.”

Published: 18/10/2016