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A NEW­CAS­TLE bank is back­ing its com­mu­nity by form­ing a part­ner­ship with a beloved lo­cal char­ity.

Han­dels­banken, based on Grey Street in the city cen­tre, is team­ing up with the Sun­shine Fund to help im­prove the lives of dis­abled chil­dren in the North East.

The bank has signed up to be a Platinum Sun­shine Part­ner and pledged to raise at least £5,000 for the char­ity, and it is al­ready more than halfway there.

The Sun­shine Fund ded­i­cates time to buy­ing spe­cial­ist equip­ment for chil­dren who can’t get it by any other means, such as on the NHS.

But the fund wouldn’t be able to do any of this with­out do­na­tions and sup­port from the public and lo­cal busi­nesses.

The Sun­shine Part­ner scheme of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for North East com­pa­nies to de­liver life-chang­ing sup­port to North East chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and help shape how their money is used.

To launch their part­ner­ship, work­ers from Han­dels­banken took on a gru­elling cy­cling chal­lenge in their own of­fice.

Thir­teen work­ers took turns on ex­er­cise bikes and col­lec­tively cy­cled 793 miles, the dis­tance from New­cas­tle to Stock­holm where the bank was orig­i­nally founded.

More fundrais­ing events, in­clud­ing a foot­ball tour­na­ment and a quiz evening, are planned.

Granville Kelly, branch man­ager of Han­dels­banken New­cas­tle, said: “We are all from the North East and are not only keen to sup­port our cus­tomers, but be­ing lo­cal, are also very in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing lo­cal peo­ple and char­i­ties.

“When we heard about the great work that the team at the Sun­shine Fund were do­ing to help lo­cal chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties we were de­lighted to help in what­ever way we could – Not only in rais­ing funds for the char­ity, but also help­ing to raise aware­ness.

Rachel Kacz­mar, com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tor for the Sun­shine Fund, said: “We are thrilled with the sup­port from Granville and all the team at Han­dels­banken and we are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work to­gether to sup­port our lovely Sun­shine chil­dren and fam­i­lies.”

Staff from Han­dels­banken on Grey Street in cen­tral New­cas­tle took part in a char­ity cy­cle chal­lenge in their of­fice to raise money for the Sun­shine Fund, which helps fam­i­lies who need spe­cial­ist equip­ment

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