Colleagues lend a hand at Nottingham allotment

Marrows, leeks and sweetcorn were just some of the vegetables dug up by volunteers from Yorkshire Building Society when they lent a hand to a charity which is working to end homelessness in Nottingham.

Four colleagues from the Yorkshire’s Milton Street branch spent a day at The Friary’s allotments helping to harvest crops which the charity uses to feed homeless people at its drop in centre.

The volunteering day came after The Friary secured a £650 donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to buy a new freezer. The cheque was presented to The Friary at a special ceremony attended by the Mayor of Rushcliffe, Coun George Davidson.

The Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference ® scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help smaller charities and good causes around the UK.

Ann Bremner, General Manager at The Friary, said:

We have three allotments which we use for growing fruit and vegetables for our catering staff to use in the kitchen. Every so often we get a glut but now we have the new freezer we will be able to make sure nothing is wasted.

The number of people we help can vary day to day but we can feed up to 60 in a day so it’s vital we make the most of the produce we grow.

The Friary also offers people practical support and advice, access to IT equipment, shower and laundry facilities.

Yorkshire Building Society offers every colleague up to 31 hours’ paid leave a year to help out at a charity or good cause of their choice.

Sharon Evans, Customer Representative at the Society’s Nottingham branch, said:

The Friary is a fantastic charity which helps those most in need in our community. We were delighted to be able to do what we could to help.

In 2015, Yorkshire Building Society colleagues, including N&P Building Society and Chelsea Building Society colleagues, spent more than 11,800 hours volunteering at charities and good causes around the UK.

REF: W17-16

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