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From growing savings to Growing Zone Kippax for Leeds Garforth team

Colleagues from Leeds Building Society’s Garforth branch have used their volunteering leave to help a local charity which supports adults and young people with learning difficulties.

The team of eight spent a day working across various areas of the garden at Growing Zone in Kippax.  

Their activities included sanding down old wooden furniture and fittings, choosing new colours for the furniture to brighten up the gardens and then painting tables, chairs, potting benches, bird houses, as well as general clearing and tidying up.

They were taking advantage of the volunteering scheme which allows all Leeds Building Society employees a day’s paid leave each year to help in their community.

“The efforts of the volunteers will improve the environment of the gardens, providing visitors with a place to visit to get away from everyday life and a place to meet and talk to new people,” said June Perkins from Growing Zone.

Darren Vickers, Branch Manager at Leeds Building Society’s Garforth branch, said: “We really enjoyed our day at Growing Zone and hope to be able to support them again further in the future.

“It was a great opportunity to spend time with our team outside of work whilst also helping a good cause. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to arrange their own volunteering day.”

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Notes to Editors

Pictured (L-R) are Ammellia Hauff, Colleen Proctor, Nicola Hough, David Follon and Darren Vickers from Leeds Building Society, with Growing Zone volunteers Tom Gallagher, Keith Fowler, Tommy Bryant, Daniel Moran, Louise Baker and June Perkin.

Leeds Building Society’s Garforth branch is at 38 Main Street, Garforth, LS25 1AA.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £17.2bn (at 30th June 2017). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.