Chester-based M&S Bank has raised over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after employees completed a challenging 26.1 mile hike through Offa’s Dyke path.

The ‘Beat the Sun’ challenge saw 31 employees from across the business complete the gruelling walk in under twelve hours, between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

The latest in a series of fundraising initiatives organised by the local business to support Macmillan, the walking marathon has helped the bank raise more than £140,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since 2013.

CEO of M&S Bank Sue Fox, said, “The hard work and dedication shown by these employees, during what was a physically demanding challenge, has enabled us to raise a fantastic amount of money for a truly deserving cause; they should be extremely proud of their accomplishment."

Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support Sarah Harrison, said: “A huge well done to the M&S Bank team for completing this gruelling challenge for Macmillan. Almost half of us will get cancer in our lifetime and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. The money raised by the M&S Bank team will help Macmillan ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. It is enough to fund over 370 vital Macmillan nursing hours, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support when they need it most.”