Lloyds Banking Group plc committed to helping 5 services across the UK in partnership with us over the summer.
It forms part of their volunteering programme, where colleagues are invited to use at least one working day, or eight hours, a year helping support their local community.
Lloyds were able to visit; Graham Anderson House in Glasgow, Daniel Yorath House in Leeds, Tŷ Aberdafen in Wales, Thomas Edward Mitton House in Milton Keynes and West Heath House in Birmingham. These are all centres that support people with acquired brain injury and forms part of the Brain Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).
Each team were tasked with horticultural activities with a little bit of DIY thrown in for good measure. The centres were transformed back to their former glory and many shrubs, plants, trees and bedding areas were brought back to life.
“Support such as this are vital to our services”, said Hayley Wicker-Bradbury, Fundraising Manager at The Disabilities Trust. “The sites do not have the resources for these types of activities, yet they have such a large and positive impact on the service users who are able to reap the rewards by spending many hours in their lovely gardens. We really cannot thank Lloyds Banking Group enough for all their hard work and effort, each of the centres look fantastic!”
"As part of the Group’s ambition to Help Britain Prosper, we were thrilled to use our volunteering day to support local people and help our community thrive”, said Robert Evans, Project Manager at Lloyds Banking Group who helped co-ordinate the events.
Service Manager Rachael Harris at Daniel Yorath house said: “We are very appreciative for the time and work that the team did for us at Daniel Yorath House and they have made the areas very tidy and they look great”.
Helping out in the garden and bringing it back to its former glory Amanda Haynes Service Manager said: “the input and hard work from Lloyds has returned our quiet garden back into a wonderful, tidy, useable space. Service users and staff alike are now looking forward to the spring and the opportunity to use the redefined space”.
Quote – "What a great day! Wonderful place and lovely to be able to do something so drastic that will make a big difference".
Quote –"I feel like we really made a difference to the garden and it looks so much bigger and lighter now. I’d like to see what it’ll look like in the summer once the plants have had a chance to settle".