OneSavings Bank staff take on 276 mile cycle for children’s charity


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Staff from OneSavings Bank continued their fundraising efforts for charity partner Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children in the UK, with a huge cycling challenge.

A team of eight from OneSavings Bank cycled 276 miles to support the children’s charity Winston’s Wish. It came as a continued fundraising effort by the bank for their national Charity of the Year.

The route saw staff cycle a route that 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 place between Thursday 27th June and Saturday 1st July, 2017 – lasting 3 days. Each location hosted a mini welcome party for the committed cyclists.

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.

Anyone looking to support the OneSavings Bank staff who took on the 276-mile cycle challenge can do so here:

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!”

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.”

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their parent or sibling. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports thousands of bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services, including a Freephone National Helpline which is available on 08088 020 021.