Banbury bank manager gets on his bike

Gareth Nichols NNL-170626-143723001
Gareth Nichols NNL-170626-143723001

A Banbury bank manager completed an epic journey on three wheels to raise money for a local charity.

Gareth Nichols, the manager of TSB’s Banbury branch, did the 600-mile journey across Britain in a motorcycle and side car to raise money for Katharine House Hospice.

Starting from Ruthwell, Dumfries, and ending in Banbury last Friday, the trip passed through 12 major towns and cities and avoided motorways, adding an extra dimension to the challenge.

The first stage, from Ruthwell to Berwick-upon-Tweed, was set off by the local Blood Bikes, which is a local charity run by volunteer bikers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies.

Ruthwell was chosen as the start point because this is where TSB’s Savings Bank Museum is located, where Reverend Henry Duncan opened the world’s first saving bank in 1810.

Gareth was joined on the five-day journey by TSB customer, Charlie Prescott, who also built the bike and side car.

Gareth said: “Thank you so much to the local Blood Bikes for setting us off on our 600-mile motorbike ride. They do a fabulous job delivering much-needed medical supplies in the local area.

“We’re really proud to support and raise money for Katharine House Hospice as the work it does is so vital to the local community.

“We’re really proud to have the hospice as our local charity partner, as it celebrates its 25th year.”

Donations can be made at Gareth’s JustGiving page and in TSB’s Banbury branch. The target was £2,500 but £4,300 has been raised already.