A Swindon bank has taken an allotment so it can grow food for needy people.
It is one of a number of activities taken on by the Metro Bank team in aid of local good causes.
Metro Bank Local Business Manager Yani Fernando said: “As a community bank, we are always finding new ways to serve our community.
"We are very pleased to have worked with Swindon Borough Council to acquire this allotment which we will not only share with our colleagues and customers, but also the community at large. We are currently preparing the space to plant fruits and vegetables which will ultimately be donated to homeless people and those in need.
"Thank you to everyone for the incredible effort put into cleaning and getting the allotment ready for planting. We are excited and can’t wait for our first harvest.”
Recently 16 Metro Bank colleagues hosted a barbecue at the allotment and raised £206 for The Harbour Project, a Swindon charity supporting people seeking asylum or granted refugee status in the local area. In addition to helping visitors receive fair outcomes from asylum claims, the charity organises English and maths lessons and a range of cultural activities.
Zezita Vas, Swindon Metro Bank’s Customer Service Representative added: “A huge thank you to our colleagues, customers, family and friends who helped us raise £206 to support such a worthy initiative.
"Barbecuing, gardening and playing bingo was a lot of fun. We also enjoyed having some former colleagues join us. Not only were we able to raise money for charity, but also enjoyed a spending time together out of the office.
"We look forward to hosting more of these events to continue to support our local community."
Metro Bank is at 1-4 Regent St, Swindon SN1 1JQ. It is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 6pm and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm.