Barclays employees bank almost £1,000 for Stevenage hospital children’s ward

Front row - Claire Fortune with Max, John Silliker, Vince Rose, Darren. Parkhouse, Louise Beaver,

Front row - Claire Fortune with Max, John Silliker, Vince Rose, Darren. Parkhouse, Louise Beaver, Emma Forde, Jeannette Back Row - Mark Wombwell, Martin McNeil, Mike Berguist, Christine Dean, Paul Adams - Credit: Archant

A group of bank employees raised almost £1,000 for a hospital’s children’s ward when they cycled 120 miles.

The team, from Barclays Bank offices in Bedfordshire, raised the money for the special care baby unit at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital in Stevenage along with four other hospital charities.

They started their journey in south Beds and finished in Milton Keynes, stopping at the Lister along the way.

One of the group, Claire Fortune, has direct experience of the unit after her son Max needed a lifesaving operation and was cared for by the neonatal team there.

Claire, who is the bank’s North Herts area manager, said: “It was such an incredible day and they all did amazingly well.


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“So far we have managed to raise a fantastic £3,400 which will be split between five local hospitals.

“We will donate a fifth of the money to the special care baby unit at the Lister as the care my son received was outstanding and this is our way of saying thank you for saving my son’s life.”

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Claire Mugford, fundraiser for East and North Herts Hospitals Charity said: “A massive thank you to Claire and the team for raising so much money for local hospitals.

“The money that will be donated to the special care baby unit will make such a difference to the babies that are treated there. It was great to meet Max and to see him looking so strong and healthy.”

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