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Green-fingered Society volunteers help at local school

Colleagues from Leeds Building Society’s branches used their volunteering leave to tidy a memorial garden at Chellow Heights Special School in Bradford.

The area had become overgrown over the winter, so the mutual’s volunteers got it ready for use again in the spring with two memorial events planned at the end of May.

Activities for the four colleagues included gardening, digging out weeds, cutting back bushes and painting a fence.

The team were taking advantage of the Society’s volunteering scheme, which allows all employees a day’s paid leave each year to help in the community.

“We had an enjoyable day and the staff at the school really appreciated our efforts. It was strenuous but satisfying, especially when you could see the completed work,” said Nichola Mullaney, Leeds Building Society’s branch manager in Morley.

“When I saw the revamped memorial garden I was staggered at the difference,” said Katie Hansard, Family Support Worker and Charity Fundraiser at Chellow Heights School.

“The Leeds Building Society volunteers did a fantastic job in just a few short hours.”

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Notes to Editors

Pictured (back row, L-R) are Kirsty Hird, Nichola Mullaney, Michelle McKenzie and Simon Newton. Front row are Halle Dixon and Lewis Quinn from Chellow Heights School.

Kirsty Hird pictured during the tidy up.  

Chellow Heights Special Needs School is at Thorn Lane, Bingley Road, Bradford, BD9 6AL.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £15.9bn (at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.