Bearsden cyclist raises money for hospice

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Intrepid cyclist Ian Jamison has completed the iconic 172 mile coast to coast route in just three days.

The bank manager, who is hoping to raise £45,000 as part of a team of 28 for Help the Hospices charity, chose to celebrate his cycle from Workington on the West coast to Whitby in the east with a fish supper.

The cycle took in the rolling hills and valleys of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Ian Jamison (48) said: “The Coast to Coast Bike Ride was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and it’s great to have been able to take part alongside my colleagues to support this extremely worthwhile cause.

“I’m really pleased to have raised £975 for Help the Hospices which was quickly turned into £1,950 thanks to match funding from my employer Clydesdale Bank.”

In 2014 professional cyclists from the Tour de France will follow in their footsteps as the first stage of the race passes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park on 5 July.

Jacqui Atkinson, Community Support Manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said:

“We are very proud of our employees for completing the challenge and raising funds to support the valuable work of Help the Hospices.”

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have supported Help the Hospices since February 2008 raising over £2.9million including match funding for the charity. The £45,000 expected to be raised from the Coast to Coast event includes matching funding from the Banks.