Bank staff pop into the Wild Goose Café in Easton to lend a helping hand

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Bank staff pop into the Wild Goose Café in Easton to lend a helping hand

Ten members of NatWest and RBS's Bristol based Retail Compliance team left their desks for a day to help out at Crisis Centre Ministries' (CCM's), Wild Goose Café in Easton.

16 May 2011

One half of the group spent the day clearing out the loft whilst the other half prepared and served the lunchtime food at the café, which acts as a drop in advice and support centre for local people with life disrupting problems, such as addiction or being homeless. The whole team then came together to tidy the café and prepare the food for the evening shift.

Commenting on their experience, Jonathan Brennan, Senior Manager from the NatWest/RBS Retail Compliance team, said: "It's very important to our team that we are part of, and contribute fully to, the local community in which we live and work. Being able to do our little bit to help such a valuable local charity gave us all a lift. My overriding memories of the day are how much the Wild Goose team achieve with so little budget and support, and a comment I heard a few times from visitors to the café – you lot aren't bad for a bunch of bankers!"

Steve Smith, Volunteer Support Coordinator at Crisis Centre Ministries, said: "The team from NatWest and RBS were brilliant. They took to everything with an amazingly cheerful spirit and commitment, and have completed a lot of work which we would have struggled to fit in alongside our regular work."

Anyone who would like to find out more about the Wild Goose Café or the work of CCM can visit their website: www.crisis-centre.org.uk.

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