Managers from Nationwide’s Customer Service Banking Team broke out from their office in Piper’s Way in early February to take on a gardening challenge for Holy Family Primary School, Swindon.
The team of volunteers spent an afternoon removing tables, digging up a patio area, pulling up plants and shrubs, and completely clearing an area in the middle of the school. Their hard work meant that the area was completely cleared in just a couple of hours and they could spend the remainder of their volunteering afternoon doing a thorough litter clear of the whole school.
The site is now ready for the school to start building a sanctuary for the children, which will be completed in time for the school’s 50th anniversary. The sanctuary will be a peaceful area where the pupils can go and be quiet and will include a water feature, a carved sculpture of the holy family and plenty of seats where children can sit and reflect.
Rudolf Heaf, Head of Customer Service Banking at Nationwide, said: “Seeing what the team achieved in a morning was so humbling. It was superb to meet the headteacher Karen Bathe who was thrilled with the results and very grateful to the volunteers and to Nationwide.”
Volunteering is an important part of Nationwide’s new Citizenship programme Living on your side. Over 3,500 employees have already volunteered so far in 2012/13.
See more at your.nationwide.co.uk/livingonyourside