He was there to congratulate the Bournemouth and District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on winning £3000 from NatWest's Community Fund and to see the gym equipment they have purchased with the funds. He was joined by Bournemouth and Bournemouth North Rotary Clubs who also contributed to the cost of the equipment.
In August NatWest launched a new fund, as part of its customer charter, to support local charities and projects, and invited customers and local people to decide who would benefit from this new community initiative. 380 individual funds of £5,000 were created nationwide, with £3,000 set to be awarded to the most popular good cause and £1,000 to the two runners up.
After weeks of voting a panel, made up of local bank officials, customers and community figures carefully examined the nomination papers and chose The 21st Bournemouth Cub Scouts, The Bournemouth & District Branch of the MS Society and Wessex Autistic Society as the three charities to benefit from Bournemouth's fund. The local community have since voted on which of the three charities would receive the £3,000 top donation and which two would each receive £1,000 - and the MS Society came out on top.
Mike Lomer, Senior Bank Manager for NatWest in Bournemouth, said: 'The Community Fund really captured the imagination of the local community and I would like to say a big thank you to all those that took the time to nominate and then vote. All three charities are winners but for the MS Society it is obviously an extra special time."
Tim Worner, Chairman of the Bournemouth & District branch of the MS Society said: "This multi gym will be of great benefit to everyone who uses it and will compliment the other equipment and services already in the physio suite at the centre. It is already getting used by many members who have had programmes set by the Centre physiotherapist. I would like to thank everyone who voted and helped financially to obtain it."