STAFF at a bank in Newport having been putting their best foot forward to raise funds for a children’s charity appeal.

Commercial Roads TSB branch have been dedicated Sparkle Appeal supporters for many years.

This year, they took on a challenge to scale the equivalent height of Mount Everest.

And after starting out on March 4 they completed the feat four days later.

The mayor of Newport, Councillor Malcolm Linton, started the team off, completing part of the way in his suit and chains.

And paralympian Jordan Howe completed the challenge, in what was his first event in the role of ambassador for Sparkle.

The driving force behind the bank branch's charitable efforts is Beth Rogers, TSB Newport’s Community Champion, who arranges a different challenge each year.

She said of this year's effort: "“Our climb to the summit of Mount Everest has raised more than £1000. Our customers and staff members have been so generous.”

Sparkle is the official charity of the Serennu Children’s Centre.

Gemma Sandhu, Marketing and Communications Manager for Sparkle said: “The continued support from Beth and the team at TSB is wonderful, they give up so much of their spare time as well as juggle busy working days with incredible fundraising.

“Sparkle have a very special relationship with TSB, we know we can count on them.

“On behalf of the children, young people and staff thank you to everyone in branch for putting your legs through this amazing challenge, you are all true Sparkle superstars.”

Sparkle is the official charity of the Serennu Children’s Centre.

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