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Ride to Rome

mike-humbleMole would like to raise a glass of champagne to LEBC chartered financial planner Mike Humble, who cycled 381 miles from Venice to Rome across the Apennines in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The ride took four days and raised £10,000, of which £2,500 was donated by LEBC.

Since his first charity bike ride in 1997, Mike has collected an impressive £65,000 for good causes.

He says: “Over the years I have lost many family members, friends and clients to cancer and Macmillan has always been there to support them and their families. This includes my youngest brother and one of my longest-standing clients. She had been a client for 25 years when she died in 2009.”

Network cyclists navigate Nepal

Care 4 Kids challengeA team of advisers, staff and friends of Openwork, including colleagues from Zurich, are hoping to raise more than £55,000 for the network’s community programme, the Openwork Foundation, with a sponsored bike ride in Nepal.

This is the 16th overseas cycle challenge for the foundation that helps underprivileged children and young people in the UK and abroad. It will see 16 riders cover 300km of demanding terrain from 7-16 October.

Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth says: “This will be my fourth event, having previously cycled across India, Vietnam-Cambodia and China. Cycling the terrain south of Kathmandu will be tough but we’ll find the motivation by thinking about the disadvantaged children we’re able to support, who face tougher challenges every day.”

  • You can support the cyclists at: mydonate.bt.com/events/owfcyclechallenge2016

Charity in spades

Mole is normally the one digging up muck around here but this week he learned that volunteers from Leeds Building Society had also been practising their spadework.

The team spent a day helping out at Crag House Farm, the home of Caring For Life, a local charity that supports homeless and vulnerable people.

The financial reporting and control team colleagues planted hundreds of wild-flower bulbs, including bluebells, snowdrops, aconites and wild daffodils.

Come spring, their hard work will be enjoyed by all who visit the farm and benefit from the charity’s help.

No petering out

Any of our readers who have taken a sick day recently may have noticed that Investec’s Peter Izard has become quite a regular on daytime TV.

He wasn’t displaying his general knowledge skills on The Chase, nor gossiping with the Loose Women crew about the latest celebrity break-ups. No – once again Izard was called on to let rip about the terrible service from Southern Rail.

Mole thinks the BBC should give him his own consumer rights show.

Who needs Anne Robinson?