Kind-hearted staff from a Harborough bank have been completing a fitness challenge today (Friday) as part of a Valentines Day-themed charity event.
Workers from HSBC in High Street have been taking it in turns to hit 70 miles in their branch using a cross-trainer to raise money for the Matt Hampson Foundation.
The foundation was created after former Leicester Tigers player Matt suffered a life-changing neck injury while training for the England under-21s side in 2005 and it aims to inspire and support young people injured through sport, as well as changing perceptions of disability.
Throughout HSBC’s opening hours today, between 9am and 5pm, staff have been hopping on and off the cross-trainer to make up the 70-mile trip from the branch in Harborough to Matt’s house in Leicester, from Matt’s house to the Tigers’ Welford Road stadium in the city and back to the branch at Harborough.
Olli Yates, from the bank, said: “The money raised is for an excellent cause and we encourage anybody passing by to call in and please donate some money and cheer the staff on.”
“We chose Valentine’s Day as we thought exercising was a way of looking after your heart which supports Matt’s motto ‘Get Busy Living’.”
Story by Alex Blackwell
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