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Building society staff are on their bikes!


Staff from a Birmingham branch of leading building society the West Brom became a cycling hub for two days – all in the name of charity.

Staff toiled away on an exercise bike in the West Brom’s Northfield branch, based on Bristol Road South, for a static bike ride.

More than 200 miles were ‘travelled’ over two days, far exceeding pre-event expectations, and £326 was raised for Teenage Cancer Trust, the West Brom’s current nominated charity.

Joe Watchorn, branch manager at West Brom’s Northfield branch, said: “The original plan was to try and complete 120 miles which is the distance from the QE Hospital in Birmingham, where Teenage Cancer Trust has a unit and is close to us, to Big Ben in London.

“The team worked really hard over the two days and when we finished the 120 miles we wanted to push as hard as we could and see how many miles we could cover.

“To complete more than 200 miles was a brilliant effort and we were all thrilled to raise money for such a fantastic cause.

“Teenage Cancer Trust does some brilliant work and hopefully in some small way we will help them to deliver crucial services to youngsters who need support.”

The West Brom has now raised in excess of £25,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, with further events planned in the first half of 2017.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the survival chances and quality of life for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.

Emily Henderson, of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “The West Brom have been outstanding supporters since they nominated us as their charity around eight months ago and the static bike ride is another example of the support they have provided.

“Teenage Cancer Trust relies entirely on donations to fund the work we do and we are hugely grateful to Joe and other staff at the Northfield branch who pushed themselves to the limits on the bikes to, not only complete their challenge, but travel such an impressive distance.”