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Mole hears that First Complete sales operations director Toni Smith has recently undertaken a 15km night-time walk around Swindon to raise money in honour of a friend who sadly passed away with cancer.

Mole understands that the participants were encouraged to dress in lurid colours for the Starlight Walk, which raised funds for Prospect Hospice. Clearly Toni did as she was asked!

Well done to all participants.

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Team spirit

Another intrepid fundraising effort comes via staff of Vida Homeloans and Mortgage Strategy, who are teaming up to cycle the 100-mile course of the Prudential RideLondon event on 30 July in aid of Shelter.

Among the nine-strong team are Vida’s Simon Burnell, Ian Giles, Louisa Sedgwick, David Tweedy and Tommy Wight, as well as Mortgage Strategy’s Sam Barker.

The riders expect to complete the course inside six hours and hope to raise £5,000 in the process.

Mole understands ‘Team Vida’ is already clocking up some serious mileages every weekend in training for the event.

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Time to make hay?

Nowhere is British ingenuity more apparent than within the weird-and-wonderful patent submissions to the Intellectual Property Office.

Mole imagines armies of inventors across the country, all toiling away to dream up and patent the Next Big Thing.

Often these inventions have nothing to do with financial services, but Mole was amused to spot a recent patent application for ‘left- and right-handed money’, filed by a certain Martin Hay. Sadly, there were no accompanying illustrations.

Mole does not think the world has been crying out for this invention – but he is sure that, when it does so, Mr Hay will be ready.

Separated at birth

BBC personal finance presenter Paul Lewis (right).

Lewis-PaulPhilosopher AC Grayling (below).