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BUILDING society staff are set to take on a tough challenge next week to raise money for a local hospice.

The seven-strong Newcastle Building Society team will be taking it in turns to ride as far as they can on an exercise bike in their York Road branch between 9am and 5pm on Thursday, June 21.

The event has been designed to raise funds for the the Hartlepool & District Hospice, and to add an extra element of competition to the challenge, the Hartlepool team will be going up against their colleagues in the society’s Middlesbrough branch to see who can pedal the most miles in a working day.

Senior staff members from the Newcastle’s head office will also be visiting the branch during the day to help out with the cycling challenge.

The cycling challenge forms part of a wider NBS ‘Cornerstone of the Community’ campaign, which is a programme that aims to provide support to a range of organisations within its local community through fundraising and volunteering.

Jean Fairweather, manager at the York Road branch, says: “We were talking about the different things we might do to raise money for the Hospice, when someone came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride, and the cycling challenge just took off from there.

“Pretty much everyone in the town knows someone who has been helped by the Hospice and trying to raise as much money as we can will drive us all on as the miles start to mount up.

“Having our colleagues from up the road taking part adds a little extra spice to the day, and whilst some of us are a bit nervous about spending so much time on the bike, we’re all looking forward to a fun day.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor the NBS team in their cycle challenge can do so at the York Road branch or by calling (01429) 233014.