A team of 156 employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks will take on an ancient Roman frontier with a 26 mile trek along Hadrian’s Wall on Friday 18 September to raise funds for charity partner Hospice UK.
Two Harrogate employees will be taking part in the spectacular fundraising challenge which aims to raise over £100,000 with the impressive effort that is expected to take 12 to 15 hours for fit and strong walkers to complete.
Hadrian’s Wall spans from sea to sea across some of the wildest and most dramatic country in England. Following the 1,900 year old World Heritage site will take the trekkers along varied terrain including stony tracks and steep climbs reaching a height of 800m.
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have been working in partnership with Hospice UK for eight years, raising more than £4 million for hospice care to date. Their combined efforts from the ‘Hadrian’s Hike’ initiative are expected to raise over £100,000 for Hospice UK after the Banks match fund their employees’ fundraising donations.
Richard Auty (44), works as a Mortgage Adviser in Yorkshire Bank’s Harrogate branch and will be taking part alongside colleague Matthew Wilfan.
It’s great to be supporting Hospice UK and joining so many colleagues for the benefit of this extremely worthwhile charity. I’m sure it will be a challenging but exhilarating experience and with the bank matching our fundraising we know every step will make double the difference.
Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation at Hospice UK, said:
It’s amazing to see so many members of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks team coming together to support Hospice UK – we can’t thank them enough. This is the largest single fundraising event in our history, managing to take the title from the Banks’ fantastic Trek the Ben expedition just last year.
Jacqui Atkinson, Community Support Manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said:
The Hadrian’s Hike will be our largest ever employee fundraising event with 160 participants. We are very pleased at the number of employees who have signed up to take part in the demanding challenge to raise funds to support the valuable work of our charity partner, Hospice UK.
‘Hadrian’s Hike’ is the latest phase in Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ award-nominated partnership with Hospice UK, supporting people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and helping them to live as well as they can to the end of their lives. The £4 million raised so far has supported 97 hospices around the UK in their vital work; in addition employees from the Banks have given over 31,000 volunteering hours to their local hospices.