Building Society colleagues step up to challenge to raise cash for NSPCC
Colleagues from Leeds Building Society's Stevenage branch scaled the heights of one of London's most iconic buildings to raise almost £1,400 for the NSPCC.
They joined other charity fundraisers to climb the 38 flights of stairs, totalling 1,037 steps, to the top of 30 St Mary Axe – better known as The Gherkin – in the City of London.
The team was made up of branch manager Mary Petley, assistant branch manager Joe Burton, customer service advisors Natalie Forecast and Daniel Howes, and will writer Michael Murfitt, joined by former assistant branch manager Paul Johnson.
At 180 metres high, 30 St Mary Axe is the sixth tallest building in London and the Society's stairclimbers were rewarded with far-reaching views across the capital after completing their challenge.
"The 1,037 steps took us from ground floor level to just below the very top floor," said Mary, who organised the team challenge.
"The toughest part was managing 15 more steps up to the highest level at the end, to toast our success with a glass of bubbly in the champagne bar!"
"I'd like to thank all the colleagues and customers who sponsored us and donated to our Justgiving page, enabling us to beat our original fundraising target and raise even more money for such a fantastic cause."
The team raised £891, topped up with matched funding of £490 from Leeds Building Society to make a final total of £1,381.
Notes to Editors
For photographs of the team at The Gherkin, please call the press office on 0113 225 7903.
Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 30 June 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.
The Society's Stevenage branch can be found at 52 Queensway SG11 1EE and is open from 9am to 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; from 9.30am to 5pm on Tuesdays; and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.