Five North England-based charities including the Great North Air Ambulance and Christie hospital in Manchester are to benefit from over £15,000 in funds thanks to a charity bike ride organised by the corporate office Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Leeds.
Eight directors from RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) and RBS Invoice Finance (IF) set off from Manchester on the ride to London on July 12.
After four days and 304 miles of cycling through soaring temperatures, they arrived at the RBS’ main London office in Bishopsgate.
The directors that took part in the bike ride came from RBS offices across North England, including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle.
To date, the group has raised £15,400, which will be donated to five charities and hospitals: the Great North Air Ambulance; the children of St Martins House Hospice; Turners Syndrome Support; the families of deaf children supported by STARS; and cancer patients at Christie hospital in Manchester.
Most of the participating directors have a personal connection with one of the charities.
A charity bike ride has become an annual project for RBS. In 2011, participants managed to raise just under £25,000 for four charities in North England including Barnardo’s. A 128-mile ride is planned for 2014.
Andrew Barraclough, regional director, RBS IF, said:
“The four-day bike ride was a fun yet tough experience – but what kept us all going through the heat was the increasing charity pot.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of £15,400 so far and are still hoping to break the £16,000 mark for five great causes.
“The selected charities do excellent work offering invaluable support to the affected patients and families.
“We are very much looking forward to the next charity bike ride in summer 2014 that will kick off in Liverpool.”