Led by Chris Ashton, NatWest's local CEO for Salisbury, managers from all the NatWest branches in the area took part in the challenge in aid of local children's hospices Naomi House and Jacks Place, and Little Hearts Matter, a charity which supports children born with a single ventricle heart condition, known as half a heart. The event ran from 2pm on Friday until 2pm on Saturday, as the managers took it in turns on exercise bikes kindly supplied by local fitness group Girls Love Fit. With the branch open until 6pm on the Friday and from 9am to 2pm on the Saturday there were plenty of people around to cheer them on and whilst donations are still being received and counted they have already raised over £4,000.
Chris Ashton, NatWest's local CEO for Salisbury, 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 these two local charities that offer such a valuable service, and in one way or another mean something personal to all the staff at the branch, is fantastic. We would all like to say a big thank you to our customers, colleagues, friends and family who donated so generously."
Helen Jude Corporate Fundraiser from Naomi House and Jacks Place, said "A huge congratulations and thank you to everyone from the Salisbury area of NatWest bank for successfully completing their 24 hour static bike riding challenge. Everyone at Naomi House and jacksplace are very grateful for NatWest's support, to enable us to provide vital care services to local families with a life limited child or young person free of charge."
Shelagh Paterson from Little Hearts Matter, said: "We have been overwhelmed at how committed Salisbury's NatWest has been in making this event a huge success and making sure staff and customers know more about the charities they have chosen. The money raised from the weekend will make a huge impact on many families who have a child with half a heart."