Charity Champions help bank to raise £2million for hospices

Mark smedley, Terry Stanley, Graham Ibbotson and Oliver Dean of Yorkshire Bank
Mark smedley, Terry Stanley, Graham Ibbotson and Oliver Dean of Yorkshire Bank

A team of charity champions from Sheffield have helped Yorkshire Bank and its employees raise a £2million for charity partner Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK.

For four years, Help the Hospices has been the official charity partner of Yorkshire Bank, and this week thanks to employee fundraising has raised £2million which will help to support hospices across the UK, including St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield.

To play their part, a team of Yorkshire Bank employees, Mark Smedley, Steve Tweedle, Oliver Dean, Graham Ibbotson and Terry Stanley, completed the Coast to Coast cycle ride earlier this year, each covering nearly 140 miles across the UK travelling from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.

The five, who work together at Yorkshire Bank’s South Yorkshire Financial Solutions Centre in Sheffield, raised a total of £6,000 for Help the Hospices.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks launched the partnership in 2008 to support more than 110 hospices across the country. The bank’s Charitable Foundation has matched all money raised, pound for pound, and enabled the South Yorkshire fundraisers to make the substantial £6,000 donation.

Mark Smedley, business banking associate at Yorkshire Bank, said: “The five of us were keen to do some fundraising for Help the Hospices and we all decided it needed to be a real achievement that would give people an added incentive to donate. We all agreed that the Coast to Coast would be an ideal challenge to attempt, but little did we know how much training would be needed and how tough it would be.

“We were all exhausted once we reached the end but were all motivated by the generous donations that we had been raised between us. The training and pain really was worthwhile. To have reached £2 million is a huge achievement and we are delighted to see the money raised go to such a worthy cause.”