Fundraiser nears his big target

Charity champion Richard Banks and his footie supporters
Charity champion Richard Banks and his footie supporters

As his target of £10,000 draws nearer, Willen Hospice charity champion Richard Banks and his team from Bathworks are pushing on with the final few fundraising events to complete his mammoth challenge.

Richard, aged 42, is planning to end his challenge where it began, taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride for the second time on Father’s Day, June 19.

Team Bathworks celebrate fundraising boost to target after  London to Milton Keynes bike ride

Team Bathworks celebrate fundraising boost to target after London to Milton Keynes bike ride

Bathworks designer bathroom studio has been based in Bradwell Abbey since 2003.

Co-owner Richard has formed a special charity partnership with Willen Hospice which provides specialist end-of-life care to local patients and support for their families.

Football has paid a significant part in Richard’s fundraising, with several juniors versus adults events.

The latest was held at the end of February at the purpose-built Lucozade Powerleague centre in Fyfield Barrow, Milton Keynes, with Richard’s sons Max and Harry taking part in the under 10s and under 13s teams.

Richard Banks and Mum Sue collecting at Dobbies Garden Centre

Richard Banks and Mum Sue collecting at Dobbies Garden Centre

More than 30 footie fans attended, and donations and collections raised another £220, taking Richard to 88 per cent of his target. The total now stands at £8,877.31.

Richard, who lives in Bancroft, said: “We are grateful for all the support we get and we do want to thank McDonald’s Kingston for donating meals for the youngsters and to Powerleague MK for giving us the pitches.

“Everyone had a great time and we have been asked if we can make this a regular event.”

Other events to boost funds included a second weekend of collecting at Dobbies Garden Centre early this month and a Bathworks versus Willen Vets football game planned for the end of April.

Richard has received great support from his wife Kelly, as well as his sons, friends and work colleagues from Bathworks, not to mention local people and families who enjoy football challenges.

The London to Brighton challenge will be the third fundraising bike ride for Richard, who also took part in the London to Milton Keynes cycle in October.

Richard said: “I am confident that by the time we get to the London to Brighton bike ride in June the target will be well within sight, and if we exceed it so much the better.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/richard-banks5 or www.
bath­works.co.uk to learn more and donate.