Edinburgh bank staff gear up for marathon charity hike for Hospice UK

UK-wide team sets out to boost the coffers after already raising £5 million to date 

A team of 125 intrepid fundraisers from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks are set embark on a marathon trek along the Nidderdale Way in Yorkshire this September to raise cash for charity partner Hospice UK.
Among them will be two Edinburgh staff, who plan to pull on their boots and contribute to the five million plus steps the team will take to complete the 26-mile hike.hill walking
They hope to raise more than £90,000 for Hospice UK with the Banks matching the team’s efforts pound for pound.
The hike will take the team through one of the most stunning parts of the Yorkshire Dales and recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It will demand eight  to 12 hours of trekking over undulating terrain to complete, taking in picturesque villages and remarkable reservoirs along the way.
The expedition is the latest phase in an impressive history of challenges completed by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks employees, who have previously cycled from coast to coast from the North Sea to the Irish Sea, scaled Ben Nevis and hiked along Hadrian’s Wall.
John Dickie, who works as a relationship manager for Clydesdale Bank in Edinburgh and will be taking part in the hike alongside local colleague George Corstorphine, said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the hike alongside so many colleagues to support Hospice UK.
“I’ve no doubt it will be challenging at points, but I’m sure it will be a great experience and knowing that the bank is matching our fundraising efforts will provide extra motivation along the way.”
As one of Hospice UK’s largest and longest-standing corporate partners, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have been working with the charity for eight years, raising more than £5 million to date, to provide vital support to patients and their families at over 200 hospices across the UK.
Throughout the partnership, employees have also contributed over 37,000 volunteering hours to their local hospices.
Tracey Bleakley, chief executive at Hospice UK, said: “At Hospice UK we are so lucky to see new faces and old friends come along on these amazing fundraising challenges every year, and with such enthusiasm and determination.
“This will be one of our single biggest fundraising events of 2016 and that comes down to the brilliant relationship that we have built across the years with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and that the Banks have with their staff.
“This support really is invaluable in helping us to transform lives.”
Jacqui Atkinson, partnerships manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Our flagship fundraising events continue to go from strength to strength and this year’s Marathon Hike challenge is set to raise a fantastic sum for Hospice UK.
“We’re very proud of our employees for their continuous commitment to supporting our extremely worthwhile charity partner in the invaluable service it provides.”

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