Banbury letting agents raise hundreds for Katharine House Hospice at Oxford Half

The team from Finders Keepers' Banbury office after finishing the Oxford Half Marathon. (L-R) Henry Brown, Posy Spencer, Richard Goodwin and Celia Howells. Photo: Richard Goodwin
The team from Finders Keepers' Banbury office after finishing the Oxford Half Marathon. (L-R) Henry Brown, Posy Spencer, Richard Goodwin and Celia Howells. Photo: Richard Goodwin

A team from a Banbury letting agents helped raise more than £1,400 for Katharine House Hospice by completing the Oxford Half Marathon yesterday (Sunday, October 8).

The group of four from Finders Keepers joined up with colleagues from other branches to take on the 13.1-mile course, some with just weeks to prepare for their first-ever long distance race.

Office manager Richard Goodwin said they decided to support the Adderbury hospice as they have helped so many people locally, including his loved ones.

"None of them except me and one other were runners so they did brilliantly, they were really impressive," he said.

"I set us a target of £1,000 for the challenge but we've now passed £1,400 which is more than I could've hoped for, it's fabulous."

Finders Keepers has a 'charity of the year' biennially but in between, the letting agents like to raise money for charity themselves and two months ago Richard decided to enter a team for the half marathon.

Despite being told he would have no volunteers, 11 people signed up, many of whom were not competitive runners like Richard so he took it upon himself to train some from the Banbury office.

But all 11 made it around the city course in their specially-made Finders Keepers t-shirts, with Richard 'over the moon' with them and the total raised.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/finderskeepers77