Barnstaple's NatWest staff cycle for Children's Hospice South West

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Barnstaple's NatWest staff cycle for Children's Hospice South West

It was time for cycling shorts rather than calculators for the team at NatWest's Barnstaple branch on Thursday, as they took part in 'Children's Hospice Week' - the UK's biggest awareness and fundraising event for children's hospice services.

23 May 2011

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."

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