Employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks will put in some serious pedal power in support of Help the Hospices by taking part in a spectacular Coast to Coast Bike Ride this month.
Some 28 employees, including one in Doncaster will cycle from Workington to Whitby covering an impressive 172 miles in three days starting today (Thursday September 12).
The banks have been working in partnership with Help the Hospices for six years raising more than £2.9million for hospice care so far. Their combined efforts from the Coast to Coast Bike Ride are expected to raise £45,000 for Help the Hospices after the Banks match fund their employees’ fundraising donations.
Andrew Kerley, 39, from Doncaster works as a Senior Manager in Yorkshire Bank’s Strategic Business Services Department in Leeds. Andrew said: “It’s fantastic to be setting off on this Coast to Coast Bike Ride with my colleagues, as well as the Bank’s ambassador Steve Cram, by my side for support.
“I’m sure it will be a great experience and I’m hoping to raise much needed funds for Help the Hospices at the same time. The Bank is supporting us by match funding every penny raised which will be a great motivation when the ride gets more challenging.”
The challenge encompasses some of the best scenery Britain has to offer. Keen cyclists to complete novices will tackle varying terrain starting from picturesque roads through the Lake District. They will cycle over the stunning Cumbrian Mountains to beautiful open moors of the Northern Pennines before a triumphant finish at historic Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire.
Steve Cram MBE, Olympic running legend and now a BBC sports commentator will be starting the event in his role as Yorkshire Bank’s ambassador. Steve Cram is a former World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist and won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Steve said: “I am delighted to be attending Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ Coast to Coast Bike Ride, one of the UK’s fantastic cycling events.
“I wish all the riders freewheeling success as they tackle our glorious and wild countryside to support the vital work of Help the Hospices.”
Maxine Trotter, Director of Fundraising at Help the Hospices, said:“We are immensely grateful to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ employees who are taking part in the Coast to Coast Bike Ride.
“This is a physically challenging but exciting fundraising event for Help the Hospices with the generous donations that will be raised.
“We look forward to cheering on the bikers as they cycle the breadth of Britain for hospice care.”