Clevedon man to take on 41 challenges for 41st birthday

PUBLISHED: 16:51 12 August 2017

Tony Dauncey completed the London Triathlon as part of his #41Challenge.

Tony Dauncey completed the London Triathlon as part of his #41Challenge.

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A bank employee from Clevedon has helped his company raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity after undertaking one of the UK's toughest events.

Tony Dauncey, who used to play rugby for Clevedon’s first XV, is undertaking the #41Challenge which will see him take on various sports across 41 weeks as he seeks to lose 41kg and raise £4,100 for charity.

The effort will mark his 41st birthday and included him completing the London Triathlon at the end of July.

TSB chief executive Paul Pester challenged his staff to beat his own triathlon record and Tony decided it would be a good initiative for his #41Challenge.

He was one of 130 employees and partners who swam, cycled and ran the capital’s course.

He has so far raised £760 for The Matt Hampson Foundation – a charity which supports young people injured playing sport.

Matt was a rugby player who during an England under-21 training session in 2005 was severely injured in a collapsed scrum. He is paralysed from the neck down.

Tony, who is a project lead at TSB Bank, thanked everyone who sponsored him.

He said: “Taking part in the London Triathlon was a real test of endurance, but a lot of fun.

“And, of course, it’s incredibly rewarding to see how much money was raised for so many great causes.”

Paul, as part of his beat the boss challenge to staff, sponsored everyone £50 and promised to double it if they beat his record.

Paul said: “The London Triathlon was the culmination of many months of training for TSB Partners and our local charity partners from across Britain.

“The atmosphere was fantastic as always, and it was great to see lots of friends and family out supporting our triathletes who put in a great performance – especially those who beat the boss.

“We’ve already raised more than £36,000 for over 30 great causes right across Britain.

“This is a demonstration of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help their communities thrive – and a great example of what TSB is setting out to achieve.”

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