The team at the branch decided to cycle a marathon to raise money for Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) as part of their 'Raise a Smile' week, but to ensure they were still on hand to look after their customers they set up an exercise bike in the banking hall. Not content with that they also had a cake stall and ran a free prize draw to win tickets for the England Vs Holland football international at Wembley in August. Donations are still being received and counted but they have already raised over £500.
Commenting on the event, Rachel Stephens who works at Barnstaple branch and is the bank's community champion for the area, said: "It's very important to us that we are part of, and contribute fully to, the local community in which we all live and work. As a result being able to do something like this for CHSW, who offer such a valuable service, is fantastic. We would all like to say a big thank you to our customers, colleagues, friends and family who donated so generously."
Dave Butt, corporate fundraiser for Children's Hospice South West said: "We are delighted that NatWest have taken our Raise a Smile cause to their hearts. As part of the National awareness week our supporters have been doing things to raise a smile and seeing our local banking staff pedalling away in branch certainly did that! Our thanks go to all the staff and their customers who took part in this event."