Marathon march by bank for kids’ charity

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IT WAS track-suits and trainers rather than calculators and pens, as NatWest staff took to the streets in a marathon fundraising drive for Fareham’s Rainbow Centre.

Starting at 8am from the Gosport branch, a team of nine walkers undertook a 26-mile sponsored walk, calling in at Stubbington, Park Gate, Fareham and Portchester branches, before ending the day at NatWest in Cosham, Portsmouth.

Spurred on by sponsorship from customers and colleagues, who had chosen the centre as their charity for 2011, the walkers had a welcoming party at the Fareham branch, as children and staff from the centre, based at nearby Cams Alders, paid a visit.

Once all the money is collected they hope to hit more than £1,000.

Tracey Smith, senior bank manager for NatWest in Fareham, took part and, said: ‘We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers, colleagues, friends and family who have donated so generously and who, along with our wonderful welcoming party in Fareham, gave us the momentum to keep walking.

‘The Rainbow Centre does a fantastic job and we are just pleased that we can do our little bit to help them out.’

Beth Rogers, fundraiser for the centre, thanked the team and said: ‘We can’t stress enough how much of a difference the local NatWest team are making with their continued help and support.’