Halifax workers clock up 145 miles for charity

Cunningly disguised as a banana, Halifax customer advisor Mark Baraclough is pictured racking up the miles on an exercise bike in the Market Square branch, watched by the branch manager Steve Goldsmith. Mark was on of a number of staff taking part in a challenge to raise cash for the Alzheimers Society.
Cunningly disguised as a banana, Halifax customer advisor Mark Baraclough is pictured racking up the miles on an exercise bike in the Market Square branch, watched by the branch manager Steve Goldsmith. Mark was on of a number of staff taking part in a challenge to raise cash for the Alzheimers Society.
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CYCLISTS banked cash for charity during a pedal pushing marathon.

Employees of building society Halifax clocked up 145 miles on an exercise bike in the branch.

The journey, which measured the distance between 10 Halifax branches around the region including in Washington, Chester-le-Street and Durham, was shared between six employees, and aimed to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Branch manager Steven Goldsmith took part, as well as customer advisor Kirsty McSween.

Kirsty helped to organise the challenge which aimed to as much money towards a £5,000 fund-raising target for the local branches, which has now reached £5,778.31

“We had £3,600 so we wanted to raise what we could towards the total,” she said.

“We made £180 in branch on the day.

“Alzheimer’s is our charity of the year so we have been having different things like cake sales and stuff but this was the main event.

“It went perfectly really and altogether the branches have raised a lot of money.

“We are part of Lloyds banking group and they are going to match what we have made which is brilliant.”

The challenge took place in the branch on Tuesday with staff each taking a turn on the bike every couple of hours.

They cycled about 25 miles each, but Kirsty said it was not that easy.

“It might not be that much to cycling experts but it was quite a difficult challenge for us,” she said.

“It was quite warm as well, and some of the staff were in fancy dress.”