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We raised pounds 3,000 in just one lunchtime; CHARITY WALK: Bank staff in Coventry use their break to boost heart appeal.

Byline: By Cara Simpson

MORE than 60 bank staff in Coventry braved the cold for a charity walk to raise more than pounds 3,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Barclays Bank staff based at offices in Westwood Business Park, Canley, went on a 40-minute lunchtime sponsored stroll around the park and raised pounds 1,666 for the charity.

Their sponsorship money was matched by the bank to the sum of pounds 1,500, taking the total to pounds 3,166 which will be used by the BHF to fund nurses and the Heart Helpline.

For Judy Evans, a 60-year-old current accounts worker, of Balsall Common, the charity is close to her heart.

She said: "Both my parents suffered from heart disease and my 19-year-old nephew died from the condition.

"There have been a number of heart attacks as well, so heart problems run through my family.

"When I was told that Barclays was holding the sponsored walk I knew I had to get involved.

"I sent e-mails to my friends and family who said it was a great cause and I even got sponsorship money from my son in America."

Her efforts alone raised pounds 370, which was the highest amount raised by an individual taking part in the walk.

Helen Jones, Barclays community relations officer, was pleasantly surprised at the turn-out despite the freezing conditions.

She said: "Because it's half term there have been fewer people on site so it has been really pleasing to see the enthusiasm from everyone who came out in the cold weather."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 16, 2008
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