BANK staff in Northumberland have walked 100 miles for charity, without even leaving their branches.
More than 170 workers from the county’s Barclays branches took part in the challenge as part of The Stroke Association’s Step Out for Stroke event last month.
Staff and 22 managers wore pedometers or took turns on treadmills to reach the target mileage, raising money from donations, as well as raffling Christmas hampers.
The bank decided to support the charity after its Stroke Awareness Service visited staff to talk about stroke prevention and offer free blood pressure testing.
Morpeth Branch Manager Paul Kelly was one of those found to have a high blood pressure reading and was referred to his GP.
He said: “If it hadn’t been for The Stroke Association attending a recent meeting I would never have known the risks to my health caused by high blood pressure.
“It suggested visiting my GP to undergo further tests, which led to hospital referrals for blood pressure and heart issues.
“I’m really pleased that so many staff members took part in this fund-raising.”
The Stroke Association’s Fundraising Manager Danny Mitchell said: “One in six people will have a stroke so it’s likely that many of the staff members who took part know someone who has been affected.
“It’s great that so many people are helping us to raise vital funds to prevent strokes and support local stroke survivors adjusting to a life after stroke.”
Stroke occurs because of a clot or bleed in the brain which causes brain cells to die. High blood pressure is the biggest cause and affects 27 per cent of the population in Northumberland.
The Department of Health estimates that 720 people a year in the county will have a stroke, and more than six die from stroke every week.
For more information call the Stroke Information Service on 0303 303 3100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk