10 August 2018

Branch staff get on their bike for charity

Staff from the Halstead branch of Saffron Building Society have joined in the fundraising fun for this year’s Birkett Long £50 Challenge by taking on a cycling trial from within the branch. All monies raised will be donated to St Helena Hospice who help local people with an incurable illness to live well and die with dignity and choice.

The cycle trial took place over a 2 day period using an exercise bike and a team of determined cyclists. The challenge was to cycle the equivalent of 201 miles, the distance covered if you were to physically cycle between all Saffron Building Society branches across Eastern England. The team made up of staff from the Halstead branch and Saffron’s head office averaged a moderate pace of 15.5mph taking 15hrs and 46mins to complete the trial.

Saffron Building Society supports St Helena Hospice.

): Saffron Building Society CEO Colin Field and Halstead Branch Manager Simon O’Donnell join in the fundraising fun in aid of St Helena’s Hospice.

The £50 Challenge involves businesses and community groups each receiving a £50 note from solicitors Birkett Long to kick-start enterprising fundraising activities across the summer. The Saffron Building Society team started fundraising back in June with a cake bake sale followed by a World Cup sweep to launch this year’s activity before embarking on the cycling challenge.

Simon O’Donnell, Saffron Building Society’s Halstead Branch Manager said: “Our Building Society has a long history of supporting the community. We have had links with St Helena Hospice for a few years now. They have a shop opposite us in the High Street so it seemed like an obvious charity to support. The cycle trial was great fun although I have to admit I ache a little now - but it was worth it. Our £50 challenge has raised over £600 to date.”

Colin Field, Saffron Building Society’s CEO added: “St Helena’s Hospice does valuable work locally and we were only too pleased to get involved in this fundraising activity. I willingly took my turn in the saddle to get a few more miles under our belt and push the team a little closer to the fundraising total. Customers and passers-by who popped into the branch to make donations were a great support.”

Anyone who would like to make a further donation to St Helena Hospice can do so in the Saffron Building Society Halstead branch or by visiting: www.sthelenahospice.org.uk.

Find out more about Saffron Building Society’s wider charity work and its Community Fund.