You can bank on teamwork for Willen Church restoration

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Santander employees helped to repair and restore Willen Church as part of their Community Day scheme.

The team worked on the woodwork in the apse, aisle and pew and were joined by colleagues from Belfast, Leeds, Bradford and Leicester to make it a truly nationwide operation.

Sean Miles, Head of Operational Risk, Technology and Operations at Santander, said: “We had a really successful day and got everything completed in good time. We wanted to help a local project and chose Willen Church due to the history behind it – it’s one of the oldest buildings in Milton Keynes – and we wanted to do our part to ensure it is there for the community for future generations.”

Paul Smith, from Willen Church, said: “We were really pleased with the quality of the work and the dedication shown to this project. The team treated a large area of the apse’s woodwork which will help keep it in good condition for many years to come.”

The current church building was erected in 1680 and was designed by Robert Hooke an associate of Sir Christopher Wren. In recent years the church has become a popular site for community activities, including meditation and yoga as well as worship, and the volunteers from Santander were keen to do their bit to maintain the local landmark.

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.