Beard shave and cricket match raises £1,000 for Katharine House Hospice

TSB Banbury branch manager Gareth Nichols had his beard shaved off at a cricket match organised to raise money for Katharine House Hospice. NNL-160706-151305001
TSB Banbury branch manager Gareth Nichols had his beard shaved off at a cricket match organised to raise money for Katharine House Hospice. NNL-160706-151305001

A bank manager has been left with a ‘chilly chin’ after his beard was shaved off at a charity cricket match recently.

Gareth Nichols, branch manager at TSB in Banbury lost his facial fur at a cricket match between Horley and staff from TSB on May 30.

TSB Banbury branch manager Gareth Nichols had his beard shaved off at a cricket match organised to raise money for Katharine House Hospice. NNL-160706-151250001

TSB Banbury branch manager Gareth Nichols had his beard shaved off at a cricket match organised to raise money for Katharine House Hospice. NNL-160706-151250001

The event raised more than £1,000 for the branch’s charity partner, Katharine House Hospice.

The funds raised will be used to support running costs for the hospice.

Mr Nichols said: “Katharine House Hospice is a vital part of our local community and we’re really proud to have them as our local charity partner.

“Our team in Banbury have worked hard putting in a lot of time and dedication by to make this fundraising day a success. We have really enjoyed our cricket match, which we are hoping to make an annual event.

“My chin is feeling a bit chilly now but it is fantastic to know the difference that our efforts will make.”

Daphne Robertson, partnership fundraising manager at Katharine House Hospice said: “We are hugely grateful to TSB and its local partners in Banbury.

“The money they are raising and the general support we’re getting is helping us to deliver really important services in Banbury. Having major businesses like TSB supporting us locally is a great way of making our community stronger.”

Instead of having a centrally chosen charity of the year, staff at individual branches select their own local cause to support.