Ripon bank trio take on Hadrian’s Wall for charity

Siobhan Bruin, Karen Lewis and Fiona Allen-Ross of Yorkshire Bank's Ripon branch completed Hadrian's Hike for Hospice UK
Siobhan Bruin, Karen Lewis and Fiona Allen-Ross of Yorkshire Bank's Ripon branch completed Hadrian's Hike for Hospice UK

Three Ripon women were among 150 employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks who took on an ancient Roman frontier to raise more than £100,000 for Hospice UK.

The team completed the spectacular Hadrian’s Hike fundraising challenge on Friday, with a 26-mile trek along part of Hadrian’s Wall.

Karen Lewis (41) works as a Bank Official in Yorkshire Bank’s Ripon branch and completed the trek alongside local colleagues Fiona Allen-Ross and Siobhan Bruin.

Karen said: “It was a challenging but truly exhilarating experience to hike along Hadrian’s Wall with so many of my colleagues for the benefit of Hospice UK.

“The bank is supporting us by match-funding every penny raised which was a great motivation along the way.”

Jacqui Atkinson, Community Support Manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Hadrian’s Hike marked our largest ever employee fundraising event and we’re very proud of our team for completing the demanding challenge.

“The £100,000 raised for Hospice UK will provide the charity with much needed support in delivering its invaluable services.”

The event was the largest-ever employee fundraising initiative for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, as part of their partnership with the UK’s leading charity for hospice care.

Hadrian’s Wall spans from coast to coast across some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery.

During the 15-hour expedition, the trekkers travelled along part of the 1,900- year-old World Heritage site, tackling varied terrain including stony tracks and steep climbs reaching a height of 800m.