Volunteers chop, tidy, paint and plant with local organisations

165 Days of Volunteering continued with great success in July, with groups of volunteers helping out four different charities throughout Newbury Building Society's branch towns.

We were delighted to be able to help four more charities in July with a range of tasks, including painting, planting, tidying, cooking, recycling and organising.

Newbury and District Cancer Care at West Berkshire Community Hospital

Laura Toogood from our Compliance team and Maria Hernanz-Lillo from our Core Systems Support department joined volunteers from the Newbury and District Cancer Care Trust at West Berkshire Community Hospital. They spent the day staining planters for a garden outside the hospital's Rainbow Room, which is an end of life facility. 

Laura and Maria take a break from staining planters for the WBCH therapy garden

We had a great day yesterday. Laura and Maria were amazing and they cracked on with a really urgent task we had. We are creating a secluded garden outside one of our Rainbow Rooms, which is one of our end of life rooms. Before we can move on to the next piece of the project we needed some planters stained to make them weather proof, and Laura and Maria were eager to help.

Chrissie Stockwell, Newbury and District Cancer Care

National Animal Welfare Trust

A group of keen animal lovers from across the Society spent a sunny day helping out staff at the National Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford, just outside Hungerford. The volunteers enthusiastically tackled a range of tasks including painting the stables, tagging clothes in the on-site charity shop, and importantly, giving the fluffy resident alapacas their daily walk!

NBS volunteers make sure the alpacas get their daily exercise

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

A very physically tiring, but rewarding day was had by the five volunteers who spent the day helping out regular volunteers and staff at the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, a centre which looks after patients with life-limiting conditions, providing emotional, practical and spiritual support. 

It was a great experience that made me personally feel very humble. The staff at the centre were very welcoming and even though we hadn’t all worked together before, it was a good team building experience and I think we did an amazing job!

Nicola Green, Mortgage Underwriting Administration Assistant

Trinity Winchester

Our Chief Executive, Phillippa Cardno, was joined by former Chief Risk Officer, Lee Bambridge, and Compliance Analyst, Ian Bligdon, to spend the morning cooking up a storm in the kitchens at Trinity Winchester. Trinity are the charity partner of our Winchester branch, and provide critical practical and emotional support to homeless and vulnerable people in the local area.

L-R Ian Bligdon, Lee Bambridge and Phillippa Cardno taste the fruits of their labour in the kitchens at Trinity Winchester

A big thank you to all of the charities who have hosted employees from Newbury Building Society since we launched our 165 Days of Volunteering project earlier in the year.

If you are part of, or know of, an organisation that could do with some volunteer-power, you can find out more and apply here.

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