Bankers’ work is kids’ play

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Employees from Santander’s Grafton Gate office in Milton Keynes recently took advantage of the good weather to set about weeding, planting and painting the playground at North Crawley CE School, as part of the bank’s Community Days scheme.

The volunteers had an extensive to-do list which included clearing up the school’s butterfly garden, creating an insect area, laying bark chips around the mini labyrinth and climbing frame and reviving the picnic benches and play house with a fresh coat of paint.

Maria Piascik, part of the HR operations team at Santander, said: “North Crawley CE School provides a fantastic education for the local children and we were delighted to support it.

“There were a few blisters and splinters but we all agreed that the day was time very well spent.

“The team had a huge sense of achievement in making a difference in our local community.”

Sam Maclennan, business support administrator at North Crawley CE School, said: “The work carried out by the volunteers has really helped to brighten up the school field and playhouse. The children are extremely pleased with their new butterfly garden. We would welcome the team back at any time.”

Santander’s Community Days scheme encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause. Last year over 1,000 members of staff took part in 100 projects across the country, refurbishing local schools, hospitals and shops that play an important part in their communities.