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Leeds Risk team clean up at local farm

Colleagues from Leeds Building Society’s Risk team used their volunteering leave at Temple Newsam’s Home Farm.

The eight volunteers cleaned machinery, exhibits and out-houses on the farm.

They 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.

Maria Akers, Estates Manager at Temple Newsam and Lotherton, said: “The volunteers from Leeds Building Society really made a difference at Home Farm when they tackled cleaning some of the biggest and most unusual exhibits in the farm in the Seedtime to Harvest exhibition.

“This collection of historic farm machinery can prove quite a challenge when it comes to wielding the duster and mop so the staff were delighted to have such willing and cheerful volunteers.

“Visitors can really see the difference and it's great to have organisations put time and effort back into public facilities.

“The volunteers were great and not phased at all by the work they were doing - we'd have them back any time!”

Kirsty Johnson from the Risk team said: “We all had a really good day and felt our time was very well spent.

“When we had finished we got to look around the working farm and also visited the house which was fantastic.”

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Notes to Editors

Pictured, L-R, are Kelsey Fletcher, Jacqueline Redfearn, Claire Dovey, Jolan Burton, Brian Lander, Kirsty Johnson, Stephen Senior and Jane Shepherdson.

Home Farm is at Temple Newsam Park, Off Selby RoadLeeds, LS15 0AE.

Leeds Building Society has 55 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.