Staff climb heights for two charities

Staff from two North Tyneside branches of a building society have reached new heights as part of a festive charity challenge.

The teams from the Newcastle Building Society branches in North Shields and Whitley Bay joined colleagues from ten other branches across the region last week in an attempt to climb the 8,848m to the summit of Mount Everest.

The North Shields team took turns on a step machine in their Bedford Street office through the day on Tuesday, in order to do their respective bits towards the height of the world’s biggest mountain being reached collectively across all the participating branches.

Then the Whitley Bay team stepped up to the mark in their Park View office on the following day to support the challenge.

The Newcastle’s Everest Challenge has been set up as part of its ongoing ‘Cornerstone of the Community’ campaign, through which individual branches provide support to organisations and good causes in their local areas, which include a range of community charities, hospices, schools and voluntary organisations.

The North Shields event raisde money for The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, while The Friends of Brierdene will benefit from the proceeds of the Whitley Bay event.

The two organisations were adopted by the branches as their respective dedicated charities for the year at the start of 2014 as part of the Cornerstone campaign.

Stephen Andrews, manager at the NBS branch in Whitley Bay, said: “Taking on Everest is a daunting prospect for us to even think about, let alone do, but at least conditions in the branch will be rather more comfortable than in the Himalaya.

“We know it’s going to take a lot of hard work for us to do our share of the job, but we’re all ready to do our best and hope we’ll get lots of friends and customers visiting the branch to cheer us on and support our fundraising efforts if they can.”