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Orange Vests, Big Hearts

24th April 2024

Bank Colleagues Rally for the Royal Society for Blind Children at the London Marathon



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. Organized by Marian Omatsone and Mark Elliot-Brown, 18 colleagues from Metro Bank’s Payments and Mortgage team took to the streets, donned in vibrant orange vests and t-shirts to join forces with Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) staff at the 23-mile mark of the iconic London Marathon. Their mission: to create an atmosphere of encouragement, cheers, and unwavering support for all 50 runners in support of RSBC.





For over 150 years, Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) has been supporting young blind children with a mission to instill valuable skills and confidence in them to live their life without limits.


Equipped with tambourines and high spirits, the colleagues made their presence felt amidst the bustling energy of the marathon. The teamwork didn’t stop there. Colleagues diligently tracked RSBC runners using an app, ensuring they were ready with their cheers as the runners approached the 23-mile mark. This gesture ensured that every RSBC runner felt the wave of support and enthusiasm as they pushed through the challenging race.


The cheers, the tambourines, the sea of orange vests – it all came together to create a vibrant and supportive atmosphere,” says Metro Bank’s Enterprise Change and Release Manager, Marian Omatsone. “The smiles and thumbs-up from the runners when they hear us cheering for them is a great sight. Witnessing the resilience of the RSBC runners and the camaraderie among all participants was incredibly motivating. We remain grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a meaningful event that benefits a fantastic cause like RSBC.”


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