Banker treks Hadrian’s Wall to support hospices

Andrew Bleasdale bank manager at Yorkshire Bank, Chorley, and Roman Centurion on Hadrian's Wall
Andrew Bleasdale bank manager at Yorkshire Bank, Chorley, and Roman Centurion on Hadrian's Wall

A bank manager joined fellow bankers on a historic walk along Hadrian’s Wall to cash in more than £100,000 for Hospice UK.

Andrew Bleasdale, 44, the works manager in Yorkshire Bank’s Chorley branch took on the gruelling 26-mile Hadrian’s Hike with 150 co-workers from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

The event was the largest employee fund-raising initiative for the banks, as part of their partnership with the UK’s leading charity for hospice care.

Andrew said: “It was a challenging but truly exhilarating experience to hike along Hadrian’s Wall with so many of my colleagues.

“The bank is supporting us by match funding every penny raised which was a great motivation along the way.”

During the 15-hour expedition, the trekkers travelled along part of the 1,900 year old World Heritage site, tackling varied terrain including stony tracks and steep climbs reaching a height of 800m.

Jacqui Atkinson, community support manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Hadrian’s Hike marked our largest employee fund-raising event and we’re very proud of our team for completing the demanding challenge.

“The £100,000 raised for Hospice UK will provide the charity with much needed support in delivering its invaluable services.”