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Ten volunteers from Leeds Building Society’s IT department spent a day revamping the garden area at a children’s Sure Start centre.

The team tackled a list of jobs at Horsforth Children’s Centre, including cutting grass, weeding, painting fences, planting bedding plants and creating a herb garden.

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

David Hassall, from the Society’s IT Software Delivery team who organised the visit, said: “We had an amazing day and the staff at the centre really appreciated our efforts. It was strenuous but satisfying, especially when you could see the completed work.

“It was a great team building exercise, and we all enjoyed working and interacting with people outside our normal environments. We found the activities, which will make a real difference to a large number of children, challenging and rewarding.”

Claire Birch, Horsforth Children’s Centre manager, said: “We would like to say a massive thanks to all the Leeds Building Society volunteers for their time and hard work. There’s been a major change to our garden area and it looks beautiful now.

“We would also like to thank Woodlands in Horsforth, Wickes in Pudsey and WSH services in Yeadon for their donations of materials. We look forward to welcoming all of our families to come and play in the garden next week.” 

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Pictured back row from left are Craig Ford, Jasvinder Puar, Jonathan Street, Nigel Lynch, Gavin Bell, Calum Drysdale and Paul Thewlis, and front row are Raymond Fisher, David Hassall and Helen Gleeson

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