Our Bike Challenge team, with Dove House representatives, Senior Fundraiser Jethro Shearring far left and Corporate Partnerships representatives far right, outside of branch. Photo courtesy of Just Beverley.
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Our ‘Coast-to-Coast’ Exercise Bike Challenge, during the week of Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October, was the equivalent distance from Bridlington to Morcambe and back of 340 miles, and was all about a fierce competitive spirit and sheer determination. The team took the bike outside of the branch, every day as the weather was fine and reached the target early then carried on to achieve a total of 467 miles!
The response was overwhelming as both Society members and passers-by to the branch stopped to donate and chat to the team, leaving some weighty donation buckets! Supporters who couldn’t make it to the branch, kindly contributed via the Society’s dedicated Dove House Just Giving page, which also maintains the running total Campaign figure this year.
The initiative raised a whopping £1,281.14, but we didn’t stop there, as with other activities – we matched funded it so the Challenge totalled £2,562.28 for our Charity of the Year, Dove House Hospice!!!
Beverley Building Society is eternally grateful to everyone who has supported the Exercise Bike Challenge, particularly considering most peoples’ finances are stretched, due to the on-going cost of living crisis.
Supporters will be reassured to know that their valuable contributions will be helping Dove House Hospice to continue providing expert specialist care to adults living with progressive life limiting illnesses and their families.
“It’s unbelievable to think that, despite the vital contribution that Dove House Hospice provides to society, it must rely almost entirely on donations for its survival.” the Beverley’s Marketing Manager, Debbie Connolly, told us, adding: “I’m blown away by the amount raised because of the generosity of our wonderful local community! This is the second year we’ve held a charity bike challenge because it’s a great way to raise public awareness and much needed funds for fantastic cause. We’ve also met some lovely people and got a little fitter in the process, so it was a no brainer!”
Jethro Shearing, Senior Fundraiser for Dove House Hospice, concluded:
“We are so grateful to the amazing staff at Beverley Building Society who have shown an incredible passion and commitment to help make a difference from the first day of the charity partnership. Whether volunteering their time, or taking on challenges, they have gone above and beyond in everything they have done.
“A huge thank you to all the staff members involved in the cycle challenge, along with those customers who so kindly donated and have supported the branch so well, not just through this challenge, but throughout the year. You have all helped to make a truly special difference, allowing for special memories to be made in even the most difficult of times.”
Dove House Hospice’s new Corporate Partnerships representative, Jonny Bottomley, said: “For me it shows just how connected you and your colleagues are with your community. Without the support that you are able to encourage from the community, Dove House would not be able to provide the services that are so vitally needed. Thank you.”
Beverley Building Society’s Charity of the Year 2023 Campaign continues until the end of December. You can still get involved by donating branch, or online at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bbs4dovehouse
Whatever you can give, you will be helping to make sure that more families create happy memories together and get the care and support they need.
Keep an eye on the Society’s social media to see what else is planned to support Dove House for the rest of the year.