Sweating it out for soldiers

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Bank workers are preparing to sweat it out to raise cash for wounded troops.

Staff from Sheffield branches of Santander will aim to cycle and row a combined 134 kilometres in a single day for Blind Veterans UK.

A team of 26 employees will each cover 20 metres for every British soldier injured in Afghanistan since 2003 – currently 6,722 soldiers.

The event, dubbed Sweating for Squaddies, takes place at the firm’s contact office in the city centre on Wednesday.

Organiser Alex Wilson, a mentor with Santander in Sheffield, said: “I’m looking forward to being part of the team and working hard to reach our goal.

“Blind Veterans UK does excellent work and everyone is really enthusiastic about sweating for our squaddies.”

Terry Heaton, manager of the Sheffield Blind Veterans UK rehabilitation and training centre on Fulwood Road, Ranmoor, said: “We have been amazed by the commitment shown by the employees.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/sweatingforsquaddies to sponsor the team.