Cycling still for lonely pensioners

Santander staff in Chorley hold a fund-raiser for Age UK
Santander staff in Chorley hold a fund-raiser for Age UK
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Members of a bank embarked on an endurance cycling challenge to raise funds for charity.

Using a static exercise bike, each member of the Santander team, in Chorley, took it in turns to continuously cycle outside from 9am until 4.30pm covering more than 175km.

Staff member Andrew Sharples, cycling outside Santander, Chorley

Staff member Andrew Sharples, cycling outside Santander, Chorley

Meanwhile, workers inside the store in Fazackerley Street organised raffles and a tombola.

They raised £665 in branch which Santander match funded, taking the total to £1,330, which will go to Age UK Lancashire.

David Ward, spokesman from Age UK Lancashire, said: “We were delighted that the team here chose our charity to support and it was great to see the enthusiasm from not only the staff but also the customers. One of the team even took the bike outside to cycle in the rain to encourage more donations.

“Without the support of local organisations and the general public helping to raise money we really wouldn’t be able to continue some of our most important services. We are so grateful to the team at Santander and everyone who donated to our cause. All of the money stays in Lancashire and will directly benefit older people locally.”

Age UK Lancashire provides support to many elderly people, who sometimes have no one to turn to for help.

Its Lifestyle Centre on Gillibrand Street, allows people to socialise, have a freshly cooked meal and get involved in the many activities and events they run including chair based exercise, computer and art classes.

Support is also provided in the home to enable people to retain their independence.

Age UK Lancashire’s main information office can be found on St Thomas’s Road.

Alternatively people can call 0300 303 1234.