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Bank employees cover 1,900 miles for hospice charity

Jane Riches, Samantha Finn, Laura Woolfenden, Carl Brady and Nalin Kalahage from TSB

Employees of a Stowmarket bank have walked, run or cycled a collective 1,900 miles (3,058km) to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Branches of TSB around Suffolk and East Essex, of which there are seven, started a two-year period of support for EACH back in November.

The team of 15 at Stowmarket decided to go big in their first fundraising effort, pledging to cover the distance from Stowmarket to Rome, around 890 miles as the crow flies or 1,159 miles by land transport. Such was the boost to their physical and mental wellbeing, the walkers, runners and riders ended up covering a distance that could take them out of Europe! Their efforts have so far raised £1,122.97 for EACH.

Carl Brady, TSB Stowmarket Bank Manager, said “We wanted to find a way to support EACH within the restrictions of lockdown as well as help improve our wellbeing along the way. We came up with this challenge to get the whole team involved. We had fun as we made our virtual journey and plotted all the destinations we arrived at. A massive thanks to everyone who’s supported us.”

Rachel Dally, EACH Suffolk Corporate Fundraising Assistant, said: “A big welcome to TSB, who are supporting EACH at seven of their branches across Suffolk and East Essex for the next two years. Staff were fundraising over Christmas and the company very kindly gifted EACH £500 over the festive period, too. It has been great to see the Stowmarket branch taking up this impressive challenge since then and I’m so pleased it’s had a positive impact on staff morale, too, in what we obviously know are such difficult times for all. We look forward to more collaboration with TSB in the months to come!”

To make a donation in recognition of TSB Stowmarket’s efforts and in support of EACH go to https://fundraising.tsb.co.uk/fundraising/stowmarket-to-rome1484. For more information about EACH go to www.each.org.uk.

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