Jonathan Russell

Eight years ago Jonathan, a Commercial Relationship Manager in Leeds, took part in his first Windermere Row for the hospice movement. He's still going strong in his support.

Jonathan Russell

What does the partnership mean to you?

The dedication, professionalism and high quality of care provided by the staff at the hospices is second to none.

However to continue to provide such a high level of care does require a significant amount of funding each year. So it is great, along with many of my CYB colleagues, to be able to do my bit and help raise funds for our own local Hospices and Hospice UK, with any funds raised being fund matched by the Bank.

How have you fundraised?

Back in 2011 I joined seven colleagues taking part in the Windermere Row for St Gemma’s Hospice for the first time. Little did I know then that 8 years later I would still be involved! A few statistics during this time:

  • We have had 32 boats setting sail from Ambleside with the majority returning safely back (with the odd collision and partial sinking) rowing a combined 450 miles which is the equivalent of rowing from Leeds to Ambleside and back again -twice!
  • There have been 166 rowers (a combination of returning veterans year on year and one timers);
  • To date, including bank matching, we have raised over £26,000 for St Gemma's and Hospice UK from taking part in the row.
After 8 years I am considering taking a break from rowing and trying out another challenge – possibly the Yorkshire 3 Peaks although the Great Wall of China trek does sound fantastic!!

Would you recommend taking part in a fundraising event like this one to your colleagues?

Absolutely! It is great that this event, which is now in its 37th year, continues to see the level of support that it does. And if rowing is not for you, I have also been involved in other events such as Raffles, Vintage Fairs, Christmas Tree Collections, Quiz Nights so there are plenty of other opportunities to raise funds to help support your local Hospice.

As well as raising money they have also been good team building events, often bringing together colleagues from across various segments of the Bank who would not normally work closely together.

What does hospice care mean to you?