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The Mortgage Mole

Trek Stars Santander UK’s intermediary teams are dusting off their walking boots and getting ready to trek up England’s biggest hill, Scafell Pike.

On June 21, 40 staff from Abbey for Intermediaries and Cater Allen will climb the Lake District peak to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It is a cause close to the heart of the Santander teams since 15-year-old Emily Duncombe, the daughter of Jeremy Duncombe, who is head of field sales at Abbey, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February 2011.

Emily has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy since then over a total of nine months, and is now awaiting the latest test results, which they hope will be positive.

“I’m delighted thatthe Intermediary Division has decided to support Teenage Cancer Trust in our climb of Scafell Pike,” Jeremy Duncombe tells Mole.

“All money raised will be matched by Santander, so please support in any way that you can.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/ Intermediary-Distribution-ScafellPike.

Putting the MMmmmmm into mortgages Marks & Spencer’s imminent launch into banking and mortgages has sparked speculation about what their advertisements will be like.

The industry is waiting to find out how M&S will sex up mortgage products in the same way as it has done with chocolate cake and clothes.

Will we see Myleene Klass prancing around with offset terms and conditions? Or a deep, seductive voice proclaiming “This isn’t any five-year-fix… this is an M&S five-year fix”?

It’s not a tough market, though, as Mole thinks anything would be better than Halifax staff singing the risible “Isa, Isa, Baby” – an all-time low in financial services ads.

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