July 7 2011
Local insurance firm Cardif Pinnacle was saddened to hear about the theft of the Bench of Hope from Woodcock Hill as revealed in last week's Borehamwood Times.
To show its continued support to the local community Cardif Pinnacle has pledged to replace the bench so that walkers can once again enjoy a rest, overlooking the peaceful village green.
Sarah Potter, PR Manager for Cardif Pinnacle, said "We know how important the Bench of Hope was to local people. We're deeply saddened that people stole a bench that meant so much to so many. We hope our gesture of replacing the Bench of Hope will go some way to restoring faith in human nature. We've called the replacement the Bench of Peace in honour of our local hospice, and chosen charity, The Peace Hospice."
On July 22, Cardif Pinnacle staff will cement in a new bench in the presence of Councillor Sandra Parnell, Elstree and Borehamwood Town Mayor, and Councillor Pat Strack, Chair Woodcock Hill Village Green.
Sandra Parnell said "I was saddened to think anyone could stoop so low as to steal the Bench of Hope. Thank you to Cardif Pinnacle."
Pat Strack said "I am delighted that we will have a replacement as the bench is used by so many people. Children from local churches constructed the Bench of Hope last year as part of their service to the community.
I've asked Janet Foster who arranged the Hope 2010 service teams and she is delighted to have the new bench called the Bench of Peace. She too will attend the naming ceremony and installation of the new bench, as will Mark Carter of Herts CMS who led the groups working there.
For Media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Potter - Communications Manager 020 8207 9000
Notes to Editors
About Cardif Pinnacle
Cardif Pinnacle (a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc) is the UK insurance unit of BNP Paribas Cardif, which is the life and property & casualty arm of BNP Paribas.
BNP Paribas Cardif counts over 8,500 employees, 73% of them outside France. BNP Paribas Cardif had gross written premiums of €25.3 billion in 2010. It generated 48% of its 2010 gross written premiums outside France. BNP Paribas Cardif is one of the world leader in creditor insurance and its life and non-life insurance units have received an AA rating from Standard & Poor's.
BNP Paribas Cardif is actively committed to exemplary Corporate Social Responsibility. It has adopted a Socially Responsible Investment program, encourages diversity throughout the enterprise (earning the "Equality at Work" label in France) and supports local economic development in the markets where it operates.
Formed in 1971 and currently employing circa 750 staff in the UK, Cardif Pinnacle has established itself as a leading provider of Protection solutions. Cardif Pinnacle acquired Warranty Direct and Direct Life and Pension Services in 2008, specialists in the provision of warranty and life insurance products.
With an emphasis on quality of service for clients and customers, Cardif Pinnacle is a preferred partner to more than 250 of the UK's leading Banks, Building Societies, Finance Houses and Intermediaries.