Spoketacular journey for bank cyclists

From left- Alicia, Jenny Williams; bank advisor for the Banchory branch, Carron Cross- customer services officer and Colin Spence
From left- Alicia, Jenny Williams; bank advisor for the Banchory branch, Carron Cross- customer services officer and Colin Spence

Two bank workers from Deeside and Donside have been getting in gear by cycling 850 miles around Scotland for charity.

Alicia Murray, from the Alford branch, and Colin Spence from the Aboyne branch of Clydesdale bank set themselves the challenge to raise funds for the Help the Hospices cause.

Their aim was to visit 37 branches of the bank in Aberdeenshire and Highland Scotland.

The pair began their journey in Inverness on May 9 and finished up in Alicia’s Alford branch on Friday (May 31).

It appears the duo were not too ‘tyred’ to complete the two-week course which took in the likes of Tain, Brora, Thurso in the early days.

They ventured west to visit the branches in Stornoway, Portree and TObermory amongst others.

Moray and Aberdeen were also part of the tour before the final day which saw them pedal from Aberdeen to Alford visiting Branches at Cults, Banchory, Aboyne and Alford.

Stopping off briefly at the Banchory branch, Colin told the Piper: We had a done a more scaled down version of this a few years ago. I think it’s worthwhile to do something for a charity like this that helps so many folk of all ages.”

As well as raising funds for a good cause, Alicia added that the blistering journey was a good way to keep fit: “I’d say we were both fairly fit and healthy. The only way to keep your health is to keep exercising.”

The Banchory branch was holding a ‘dress down day’ on the Friday, where employees paid £1 to wear casual clothes, also boosting funds for the hospice charity.

Clydesdale matched, pound for pound, all donations made to Help the Hospices.