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HSBC staff recently swapped their comfy office for a blustery day outdoors helping to raise awareness of the Friends of the Peak District by delivering 4,000 leaflets door to door in the heart of the Peak District.

HSBC provides all employees in the UK with one day’s annual leave entitlement to volunteer for the Bank’s national charities or their charity of choice. "We all wanted to get involved as we genuinely care for the Peak District countryside and we want to help protect it." said HSBC staff co-ordinator, Caroline Surplice.

Team members involved in the mail drop commented: “What rain?  It was great to be outdoors for the day, although we’d forgotten how many steps and hills we’d have to climb! But it was less hilly that last year (we got Matlock!), we had a great day and the Eyam tea rooms are an excellent stopping point!"

The Friends of the Peak District is the only charity dedicated to caring for and protecting the Peak District countryside. It is an area enjoyed by millions of visitors each year but remains vulnerable to damage and a number of threats. “We’re only a small charity” said Friends Director, Andy Tickle, “and rely heavily on volunteers to help us get our message across. This support from HSBC is fantastic and hugely appreciated."

"It feels good to be involved in something close to home but very important for our local countryside" said Caroline, "The people we met during our day were all really friendly and very supportive of what we were doing. And the local cafes were wonderful too – which was another bonus!"