James’ great escape for charity

Cake sale for the Marie Curie Great Escape challenge with James Bland and Anna Sinfield. (PA1316-16)
Cake sale for the Marie Curie Great Escape challenge with James Bland and Anna Sinfield. (PA1316-16)

A customer adviser at a Bridlington based building society is preparing to make a great escape to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Next month James Bland, who is based at the Skipton Building Society, will join fellow colleagues from the company’s head office to take part in the Marie Curie Great Escape Challenge.

The challenge will see teams of fund-raisers spend a weekend camping in the North Yorkshire Moors and completing a series of 10 mental and physical challenges including hiking, running, cycling and kayaking.

James is looking forward to taking on the challenge which will put his fitness to the test and raise vital funds for a good cause.

“I’m quite an athletic person anyway, I’m into running, but I’m a bit apprehensive about the kayaking because I have never done it before,” he said.

Each four man team needs to raise a total of £2,000 - equating to £500 each - and James’ efforts have already been given a welcome boost after a cake sale held at the Skipton Building Society, in Bridlington raised £70.

A further cake sale is planned at the building society’s Scarborough branch where James was based prior to moving to Bridlington a year ago, while other local branches are planning similar events to show their support.

In total there are 16 employees from the whole of the Skipton Building Society taking on the challenge in their respective teams, with the aim of raising at least £8,000 across the firm.

All funds raised will help enable Marie Curie Nurses continue to provide free care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families.

Anyone who wants to support James’ Great Escape Challenge in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care can make a donation by calling into the Skipton Building Society, on Wellington Road where there is a collection box,