RBC Trade for the Kids charity day goes global and raises £110,000 for GOSH

4 May 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Patient Rafe at RBC Trade for the Kids

Former and current Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients and representatives of the UK’s leading youth charities joined Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) employees in the first global RBC Trade for the Kids fundraising event.

The event was part of a global series of trading days taking place in RBC offices across the world which is set to raise over $3million for 40 charities worldwide. In London, where RBC Trade for the Kids entered its second year, a portion of the day’s trading revenues from a selection of RBC’s businesses helped to fund donations to six youth-focused causes; Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Prince’s Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust, Noah’s Ark Hospice and Young Minds.

Meet Rafe

Throughout the RBC Trade for the Kids day, the bank’s City trading floor had the opportunity to meet and hear from 13-year old patient Rafe Louis. When Rafe was four years old, he was diagnosed with a malignant high-grade brain tumour.

Within five hours of his first MRI scan, he was admitted to GOSH. Over the next 15 months, he had lifesaving treatment including two operations on his brain and 33 sessions of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Since finishing his cancer treatment in 2010, he has also had to have further operations on his eyes, physiotherapy and is regularly monitored by consultants.

Rafe thoroughly enjoyed speaking at the event and wanted to thank everyone at Royal Bank of Canada: “I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Royal Bank of Canada for supporting GOSH. If it wasn’t for GOSH and the amazing work it does I know that I wouldn’t be here now talking to you all and be the person that I am today.”

Giving back

Rafe’s always wanted to give something back to GOSH. He often visits wards that he had stayed on with gifts for the children and homemade cookies for the staff. He’s also taken up fundraising for GOSH Charity. When he first started out, he raised £9.50 through a plant sale. But Rafe has an infectious enthusiasm, and he’s since raised more than £12,000 with the help of his friends, family and school.

Supporting children everywhere

RBC has a long-standing commitment to supporting youth-related causes around the world, and has supported GOSH Charity for the past eight years  as headline sponsor offor the charity’s annual RBC Race for the Kids 5k fun run. We’re delighted to have their support again this year for the ninth annual event in Hyde Park this October.

Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe says: “As RBC Trade for the Kids goes global, it is with great pleasure that we host RBC Trade for the Kids in the UK once again this year. It is an important day in everyone’s calendar, allowing our employees to understand and experience first-hand the vital work these charities do. This event allows us to give back to six incredibly deserving causes that resonate strongly with all our employees. We are grateful for the continued partnerships with the charities, our clients and our employees for their fantastic support.”

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, says:
“It’s wonderful to be a part of the first global RBC Trade for the Kids. We truly value our longstanding and special partnership with Royal Bank of Canada and are grateful to the bank and all of its staff for all their fundraising efforts. All the money raised today for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity will go directly to the hospital and make a real difference to seriously ill children from across the UK and their families. Thank you very much to everyone involved.”