The intrepid staff from the St Edward branch, accompanied by the chief executive Kevin Wilson, rose at 5:30am to complete the “Rudyard Ramble”, a route that goes from the town centre to the Rudyard Lake.
The group completed the path in three hours, before returning to Leek for a full day’s work and even more fundraising.
Throughout the day the team served a selection of tea and cake to their customers for extras donations, and put together a ‘Healthy Heart Hamper’ of healthy treat to raffle off.
Overall, the group raised £326.49 for the British Heart Foundation helping to fund projects for treatments and cures for heart disease, as well as supporting patients and their families.
Branch manager Richard Czapski said: “We thought our ‘Rudyard Ramble’ would be a good, healthy way to raise as much as we can for the Society’s chosen charity, we’d like to give a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part in and contributed to our event.”
Donation to Bloodwise
Leek United has also donated thousands of pounds to the UK’s biggest blood cancer charity for the second year running.
Bloodwise has been presented with a cheque for £5,000 – the proceeds from the society’s 2017 Charity Golf Day and 12 months of staff ‘dress down Fridays’.
Staff began raising money for Bloodwise in 2016, in memory of a former colleague who died following a courageous battle with leukaemia.
Emma Jane Jones, Bloodwise’s Midlands regional manager, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all the staff at Leek United for their support and raising this huge amount of money. They have done some fantastic fundraising and have helped us to raise the profile of blood cancer in the local area.
“Blood cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer and the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. We do not receive any government funding, so it is only with the kind support of people like the staff at Leek United that we are able to continue to fund our life-saving research.”
The society has now raised more than £11,000 for Bloodwise.