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OneSavings Bank's charity bike ride raises over

Darius McQuaid | 14:35 Tuesday 8th August 2017

Staff from OneSavings Bank have raised £11,155.90 by taking part in a 276-mile bicycle ride to support Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children in the UK.

A team of eight took on the challenge – Gavin Slater, Rachael Ramsey, Jim Brown, Richard Davis, Andrew Hogben, Richard Maycock, Matthew Evans and Will Davies – for the bank's national Charity of the Year.

The route saw the cyclists travel between the bank's offices and Kent Reliance branches in the South East of England.

The challenge started in Canterbury, Kent, and ended in Bushey, Hertfordshire, and took place between Thursday 29th June and Saturday 1st July 2017.

Since March 2017, Winston's Wish has been OneSavings official charity and the partnership will run for a year.

The bank has already taken part in a 'Wear W'-themed dress up day and some members of staff took on the Brighton Marathon to support the charity.

Jim Brown, head of marketing at OneSavings Bank and part of the 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!"

Elizabeth Tomala, corporate fundraiser at Winston's Wish, added: “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."

The OneSavings Bank's Just Giving page is still active if anyone still wants to donate money to the charity:

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