The 16-strong team of cyclists, accompanied by a support team of six, from across RBS International, undertook the fundraising event, the ‘End to End Challenge’, in order to raise funds for the local RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and St John Ambulance in Gibraltar. Of the funds raised across the Bank, £64,075 of which will be going directly to the RNLI across the Channel Islands. The Challenge was completed in just three days, and was led by RBS International employees Simon Boyle and Spencer Carne. The cyclists covered the length of the UK in approximately 60 hours, maintaining an average speed of 15/16 mph over the distance in order to complete the Challenge within the target time.  The ‘End to End Challenge’ was different from other Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenges in that it was completed as part of a non-stop relay. The riders were split into three teams of six, cycling for four hour stints and then resting for eight hours. This rotation continued throughout the night until the final destination was reached and the Challenge was completed; although this method reduced the total distance cycled by any one member of the team, it brought its own complexities by riding through the night in variable conditions and after only a few hours rest. In preparation for the event, the RBS International team partnered with Big Maggy’s Bike Shop who assisted with equipment supply and, given their expertise of long distance multi-day riding, were on-hand to provide practical advice with the training and throughout the Challenge itself.  Tony Williams from Equipe Flamme Rouge provided a coaching and development service to build the team’s endurance and technical skills ahead of the challenge. Jerry Whitsey, Chair of the RBS International Corporate Sustainability Board commented: “I am inspired by the energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by our staff in tackling such a gruelling training programme in preparation for the Challenge and raising a phenomenal amount. The RNLI and St John Ambulance both rely heavily on donations to work in the local communities within which we operate, so RBS International is proud to support these extremely worthwhile charities and present to them these funds.”  Andy Hurley, RNLI Regional Operations Manager for the South West, added: “Given that it costs the RNLI £1,255 to train just one lifeboat crew volunteer each year, the funds raised by the RBS International team will ensure the costs of training the Channel Island RNLI teams are covered for the next 12 months. As a charity the RNLI relies on public support and we are extremely grateful to RBS International for this amazing donation and to the cyclists who tackled such an extraordinary project to complete the ‘End to End Challenge’.”