Big ride is a ‘bril­liant cel­e­bra­tion’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SAN­TANDER staff hopped on their firms own bikes as a 144-strong team cel­e­brated the end of two weeks of fundrais­ing events held across London and the South East of Eng­land.

The cy­cle ride saw San­tander branch staff meet at four points around the cap­i­tal be­fore rid­ing in con­voy to the ob­ser­va­tion point at Bernie Spain Gar­dens to present a £167,000 cheque to Age UK and Barnardo’s.

The ride co­in­cided with the launch of San­tander Cy­cles Busi­ness Ac­counts in 170 branches through Greater London.

The ac­counts were launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to en­cour­age London’s busi­nesses to get their staff cy­cling and will give com­pa­nies ac­cess to San­tander Cy­cles and en­cour­age com­muters to use the ser­vice.

Si­mon Bray, di­vi­sional man­ag­ing direc­tor for London and East Di­vi­sion at the bank, said: “San­tander is committed to play­ing a key part in the com­mu­nity and we are de­lighted to have raised such a huge sum for our char­ity part­ners.

“The bike ride was a bril­liant cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­one’s hard work, whilst also sup­port­ing the launch of the San­tander Cy­cles Busi­ness Ac­counts in branch.”

Busi­nesses can pur­chase up to 20 pooled keys for £90 each, al­low­ing un­lim­ited bike ac­cess for a year for all jour­neys of up to 30 min­utes. For longer jour­neys, ex­tra ride charges will be ap­plied to the busi­ness ac­count which can be man­aged on­line through the cy­cle hire web­site. The self­ser­vice scheme en­cour­ages com­muters to get around London in a healthy way.

ON THEIR BIKES: San­tander staff have raised £167,000 for char­ity with their big spon­sored cy­cle across London – the ride also pro­moted cy­cling as a healthy way to travel

Photo by SamJPeat

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