Employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks successfully completed the iconic Coast to Coast cycle route, and managed to raise £45,000 for Help the Hospices charity in the process.
A total of 28 employees cycled 172 miles from Workington on the east coast of the UK to Whitby on the west coast as they tackled the rolling hills and valleys of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.
Andrew Kerley, 39, from Doncaster works as a Senior Manager in Yorkshire Bank’s Strategic Business Services Department in Leeds.
He said: “The Coast to Coast Bike Ride was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and it’s great to have been able to take part alongside my colleagues to support this extremely worthwhile cause.”
“I’m really pleased to have raised £650 for Help the Hospices which was quickly turned into £1300 thanks to match funding from my employer Yorkshire Bank.”
Cyclists were rewarded for their efforts by getting the chance to enjoy the stunning landscapes of the national parks they cycled through.
In 2014 professional cyclists from the Tour de France will follow in their footsteps as the first stage of the race passes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park on 5 July.
Jacqui Atkinson, Community Support Manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “We are very proud of our employees for completing the challenge and raising funds to support the valuable work of Help the Hospices.”
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have supported Help the Hospices since February 2008 raising over £2.9million including match funding for the charity. The £45,000 expected to be raised from the Coast to Coast event includes matching funding from the Banks.
Maxine Trotter, Director of Fundraising at Help the Hospices added: “The support that we receive from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks is just incredible. With research predicting increases in the number of patients with complex conditions needing hospice care in the future, support for hospice care is vital now more than ever.”