Neil’s banking on a peak perfomance

Neil Richardson, Warley Dene, Warley is climbing Kilamanjaro
Neil Richardson, Warley Dene, Warley is climbing Kilamanjaro
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A BANK worker will swap his desk job for mountain climbing in a charity trek.

Neil Richardson, 29, from Warley, Halifax, will swap his day job in Retail Mortgages within Lloyds Banking Group.

He entered into a ballot across the banking group and is one of 30 lucky employees who will join together.

They are climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to help their business support their charity of the year - Save the Children. Previous fund-raising drives by the company have raised more than £1 million for needy causes,

The trek will take the group around six days, and will see them climb a massive 5,985m to the very top.

Months before he goes, Neil has already raised £4,300 and has more fund-raising to go.

He has been sponsored by Peter David Properties, Stone Dam Furniture, Copley Engineering, J C Joel and Broadbent Stanley. His kit has been ordered by Lamric Engineering.

He will pull on t-shirts with their logos during their trek.

Neil, a first team player for Halifax rugby union team Old Crossleyans, has also organised a tat raffle at work and colleagues have tucked into cakes and treats at a cake sale.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a massive challenge and it’s something I haven’t done before.” said Neil.

He has begun researching the trip and reading about other people’s experiences.

“They say it’s an enjoyable experience and there’s plenty of challenges like rough terrain and altitude.”

His ten day trip will start on October 1.

To sponsor Neil visit