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Volunteers from Leeds Building Society spent a day improving the facilities for visitors to the Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds.

The 16 colleagues from the Financial Crime team took advantage of the volunteering scheme, which allows all Society employees a day’s paid leave each year to help in the community.

The volunteers focused on an area which required re-landscaping as the stream and pond had dried up and become covered with large stones.

Jane Shepherdson, Financial Crime Team Leader, said: “Our focus was to dig a channel for the natural spring to flow through, and also to rebuild the pond so that new life can start to grow again.

“Eventually this area will be filled with picnic benches and be an area for families and children to enjoy their lunch, or just relax when they visit the Donkey Sanctuary.

“The long term goal for the Donkey Sanctuary is to have sensory equipment in place on the riding track, to help enhance the children’s engagement and interaction with both the donkeys and their surroundings.”

Cathryn Dixon, Centre Manager at the Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We are so pleased with the efforts of the volunteers from Leeds Building Society at our centre.

“It was intense manual labour in typical British weather, and the area now looks fabulous thanks to their hard work.”

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Notes to Editors

(pictured L-R) Celina Bunting, Jane Shepherdson, Richard Haigh, Amit Parmar, Linda Shackleton, Kelsey Fletcher and Stephen Senior (all Leeds Building Society).

(pictured L-R) Celina Bunting, Jane Shepherdson, Richard Haigh, Amit Parmar, Linda Shackleton, Kelsey Fletcher and Stephen Senior (all Leeds Building Society).

Donkey Sanctuary 1 shows (pictured L-R) Celina Bunting, Jane Shepherdson, Richard Haigh, Amit Parmar, Linda Shackleton, Kelsey Fletcher and Stephen Senior (all Leeds Building Society).

Donkey Sanctuary 2 shows (pictured L-R) Andrew Hardy, Jackie Redfern, Angie King, Karen Hardisty, Claire Dovey, Rebecca McLean, James Fox (all Leeds Building Society) and Darren (Donkey Sanctuary).

The Donkey Sanctuary Assisted Therapy Centre is at Swan Lane, Eccup, Leeds, LS16 8AZ.

Leeds Building Society has 65 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £14.9bn (at 30th June 2016). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.