Mutual bosses in unusual vehicular request

Mutual bosses in unusual vehicular request

Chris White of Hinckley & Rugby and Mark Robinson of Market Harborough

A pair of building society bosses are appealing for Leicestershire people with unusual vehicles to give them a ride in aid of the hospice LOROS and the prostate cancer charity Prostaid.

Chris White of Hinckley & Rugby and Mark Robinson of Market Harborough are together to visit each headquarters of Leicestershire’s six building societies all in one day and by unusual forms of transport.

So far a steamroller, a tandem, mini motorcycles, canoes, milk float, and horse and trap are in the running to be included. But the pair are still on the lookout for weird and wonderful ways to complete the 70 mile journey.

They will depart from Harborough on the morning of September 21 and visit Melton, Loughborough, Shepshed, Earl Shilton and finish at Hinckley – changing modes of transport along the way.

The challenge, for which they are also seeking sponsorship, is part of the Grant Thornton Executive Quest. The annual challenge raises thousands for LOROS and Prostaid each year, with people in business and other walks of life in Leicestershire taking on personal goals to attract sponsorship.

With both Market Harborough and Hinckley & Rugby building societies approaching their 150th anniversaries, the bosses are appealing for vintage vehicles to be volunteered to help them.

“We would love to hear from anyone with unusual vehicles or other modes of transport which we could use,” said White. “It’s going to be a fun but stretching challenge which we hope will raise lots of donations for LOROS and Prostaid.

“Visiting all the building society head offices will have the added benefit of bringing the mutuals together in a good cause.”

Robinson added: “Leicestershire’s financial heritage is rich and we are proud that as a county we have the highest number of independent, member-owned building societies in the UK. As regional building societies we support our surrounding community in as many ways as we are able.

“Both LOROS and Prostaid play such vital roles in Leicestershire, and we would like to help them towards raising the substantial funds they need in order to sustain and enhance the quality of care they provide. We would therefore welcome as much help as possible with our quest, whether it be in the form of transport or sponsorship, to aid these worthy charities.”

Kaushik Bathia, Executive Quest organiser and partner at Grant Thornton, said: “We hope the Leicestershire public find some ways to make the journey truly memorable for Chris and Mark. And best of luck to them on their quest.”

Anyone able to help with transport is asked to contact Stewart Heeley or Carla Loughrey on 01455 894028.

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