Bank staff help out at school

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A KIND-hearted team from Lloyds Banking Group switched their office for a playground to help a Hebden Bridge school.

Twenty-five members of staff at the Halifax bank gave up their time to volunteer at Riverside Junior School for the bank’s annual community activity day.

The school had received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund of £4,200 to create a wildlife garden so the banking staff helped do some of the heavy work such as creating a shelter, raised beds and planting.

Some of the staff also painted the community room inside the school as well as a staircase and corridors, after a recent revamp.

School business manager Susan Bradshaw said: “The children helped with the planting.

“Everyone had a fantastic time, despite the weather.

“It was persistent drizzle all day.

“But everyone was in high spirits and worked really hard.

“The garden will be developed throughout the year.”