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Bank staff raise £1k for canine charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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BANK staff took part in an Olympic style triathlon to help raise £1,000 as part of a wider fund-raising drive to boost the coffers of a canine supporting charity.

Jane Winn, lady captain at Branston Golf and Country Club, based off Fairwary, roped in colleagues from Lloyds Bank to take part in a sponsored triathlon in the club’s gym cycling for 40k, running for 10k and swimming around 1.5k in the pool on site.

The effort raise more than £1,000, which will go towards Canine Partners, the club’s chosen charity for 2014.

“Our aim for the triathlon in the gym at Branston Club was to raise £500 of personal sponsorship with Lloyds Bank matching our efforts so that on the day we’ll have raised £1,000 for Canine Partners” said Mrs Winn, who is from Burton.

The team came together with the support of Lloyds Bank’s Day to Make A Difference initiative, the bank’s biggest community support programme.

Alison Simcox ,Lloyds customer service manager, who also took part in the triathlon, said: “Day to Make a Difference’ taps into the energy and passion of Lloyds Bank colleagues helping us volunteer for an organisation in our community.”

Canine Partners trains assistance dogs to help people who have disabilities with practical, physiological, psychological and social tasks like opening and closing doors, unloading washing machines, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and summoning help in an emergency.

It is currently raising £3.1 million to build a new training centre in Osgathorpe, Leicestershire, to complement one in Midhurst, West Sussex.

Mrs Winn added: “My colleagues together with Kate West, our senior branch manager, who hails from Swadlincote, joined me for a great afternoon of exercise and fun at Branston and I’m very grateful to them for their team spirit and our bank for supporting Canine Partners, my captains charity for 2014.”

Visit www.caninepartners.org.uk for more information

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