STAFF at the TSB in Malton have raised hundreds of pounds for Saint Catherine’s during a year of supporting the hospice.

The branch, in Wheelgate, has been busy all year with activities including a “guess the number of sweets in the jar” contest with made £200, an Easter egg raffle which raised £408, the sale of books donated by customers which added another £200, and sales of a locally-produced cookbook “Stir the Loins” which made £65.

Staff decided to concentrate a lot of their fundraising this year on helping the hospice after hearing that the service costs £5.4m annually to run.

Mark Jordan, manager of the TSB in Malton, said they were very grateful to customers for supporting their fundraising.

“Our charity events this year have been very well supported by our customers and we wanted to say a big thank you,” he added.

“The branch has held a number of events and all have been a great success. The TSB team has really enjoyed raising money for some extremely worthwhile causes and it is brilliant that the local community have also been actively involved.”

David Marshall, Director of Funding Development at Saint Catherine’s, said that the hospice provided specialist care for more than 2,000 people every year, many of them living in Ryedale.

“We can only do this thanks to the enormous generosity of our supporters and we are very grateful for all the help we receive,” he added.

The TSB in Malton has raised more than £2,000 for charity this year including £1,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society raised through a sponsored bike ride from Scarborough to Malton.