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5k to Raise £5k for Lads Need Dads, Frinton & Walton FC and Colchester & Ipswich Hospital

16th November 2022

The UK’s community bank, Metro Bank, gives every colleague a Day to Amaze – essentially a paid day off to support a local charity or good cause and Colchester Metro Bank’s Local Director Chris Morgan is using his day to try and raise £5,000 for three local good causes close to his heart – Lads Need Dads, Frinton & Walton Youth Football Club and Colchester & Ipswich Hospital.

Chris will be running in a Santa Fun Run 5k race together with some of the coaches and players from Frinton & Walton Football Club.  Chris is championing these three local causes which are close to his heart, as he explains “I grew up without a father at home so Lads Need Dads really resonates with me and they are solely funded by grants and donations, so they really need help.”

Lads Need Dads is currently one of the only projects in the UK that works proactively to address the impact of the absent father on boys aged 11-15 and whose approach is both early intervention and long-term.  Chris is a non-executive director at Lads Need Dads, which is a proud recipient of the Queen’s Voluntary Service Award.

Chris has already raised £4,700 and has been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity, given these tough times.  “The support I have received has been amazing, these are tough times and people are really digging deep to help support good causes like Lads Need Dads and Frinton & Walton Football Club, both of which give back so much locally, but are ran by volunteers and funded solely by grants and donations.”

Chris’s fundraising will also support The Colchester & Ipswich Hospital staff wellbeing fund.  “My partner works for this NHS trust and I have seen first-hand the effect that the last few years has had on her and her colleagues”.

If you would like to support Chris and help these good causes, please visit his Go Fund Me page.

Metro Bank’s Colchester store can be found at 31-32 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DB. The store is open Monday – Saturday: 8.30am - 6pm and Sunday: 11am - 5pm.