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‘Lending a Hand’ so 500 children can take holidays for first time

Members of Leeds Building Society in the woods with tools and bicycles

Leeds Building Society, the UK’s 5th largest, contributes a lot to the communities in which it works through charitable fundraising, and many of its colleagues are already actively volunteering in their spare time. However, the mutual has decided to encourage and support this with a new formal volunteering initiative, “Lending a Hand”, that allows everyone to use a day each year to help in the community.

One of the first to volunteer was the Society’s Sales and Marketing Director, Kim Rebecchi. Kim teamed up with her Leeds White Rose Rotary Club and employees from leading national builders’ merchant Travis Perkins to volunteer at Silverdale Holiday camp, which is on the West Coast near Morecambe Bay. She helped to build a cycle path at the children’s holiday camp. The volunteering began on Friday, with the team working throughout the weekend to complete the work. The volunteering undertaken by Kim, alongside her Leeds White Rose Rotary Club and Travis Perkins, will benefit almost 500 children from Leeds who have never been on holiday before.

Kim Rebecchi said, “I am really excited by our new initiative, which presents huge opportunities for personal development and team building as well as helping those less fortunate than us. I very much enjoyed getting involved myself and we all had a great weekend helping to build the children’s cycle path, with a fantastic team spirit throughout. Our colleagues across the business are currently volunteering to take part in some very worthwhile and interesting activities over the next few months.”

Verlie McCann, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Leeds Children’s Charity said, “The work that has been completed by all the volunteers will make such a difference to the many hundreds of children who will travel to the holiday centre to enjoy their time by the sea. These children have little expectation or hope and for them to have new experiences with friends really does mean a lot to them. We are so very grateful to everyone who contributed in any way to creating the cycle path for the children who will have hours of fun by simply having the freedom to ride a bike around the wood.”

Kevin Robley, Regional Director for Travis Perkins added, “We were more than happy to assist with supplying the products for the project, and delighted that teams from our Carnforth and Sandside branches could be involved in building the cycle path. Volunteering is a big part of life in Travis Perkins and reaps many social and personal rewards. I wish Leeds Building Society every success with their Lending a Hand initiative.”

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Notes to Editors

Kim Rebecchi is pictured on her own and alongside her volunteering colleagues.

Leeds Building Society has assets of £10bn (as at 30 June 2012) and 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland. The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.