A children's charity fundraiser has praised cyclists from OneSavings Bank after they completed a 276-mile ride and raised more than £11,000.
A team of eight OneSavings Bank staff members continued their efforts for charity partner Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children in the UK, with the cycling challenge.
The effort came as a continued fundraising effort by the bank for their national charity of the year. The route covered all of the bank’s offices and Kent Reliance branches in the South East of England; starting in Canterbury at 9am and ending in Bushey. The challenge took three days and finished on Saturday 1st July.
Gavin Slater, Rachael Ramsey, Jim Brown, Richard Davis, Andrew Hogben, Richard Maycock, Matthew Evans and Will Davies are the dedicated staff who took on the challenge.
The partnership between Winston’s Wish and OneSavings Bank launched in March 2017 and runs for a year. Already, the team at OneSavings Bank have raised vital funds through a Wear W themed dress up day and a group of staff who took on the Brighton Marathon.
And Elizabeth Tomala, corporate fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, said: “A huge thank you yet again to the OneSavings Bank team for their hard work and commitment in fundraising for Winston’s Wish. A 276-mile cycle is certainly no small challenge so a big thank you to all the staff who took part as well as those who helped support them.”
Jim Brown, head of marketing at OneSavings Bank and part of the OSB Cycle Team, said: “Although the team felt fully prepared for the cycle challenge and spent many hours planning, nothing prepared us for the actual event itself.
"Surprisingly though we had no punctures and were really spurred on by staff from the offices and branches that we visited, who helped keep our energy levels up with drinks, snacks and lots of encouragement – it was a real team effort. Altogether we have managed to raise £11,155.90 which is an amazing achievement considering that our initial target was £2,000!”