Retail bank staff go back to school in South Wales

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Retail bank staff go back to school in South Wales

Wales regional director Mark Douglas and his team of local chief executive officers from across Wales rolled up their sleeves at Waunceirch Primary School in Caewern as part of the bank's volunteering programme.

21 November 2011

During the day they got creative re-weaving a willow arch in the school grounds, digging the vegetable garden and reading stories to the pupils. Mark and Local CEO Paul Colclough also put the children through their paces with some rugby training. Mark also arranged for a special delivery - a tractor-load of fresh bark chippings for the playground area.

NatWest encourages all retail staff to give a day to support local good causes as part of its community volunteering programme aimed at making a practical contribution to the communities in which the bank operates. The bank hopes to donate more than 22,000 charity volunteering days this year.

Lee Workman, headteacher at the school, said: "It was terrific that they were prepared to be so hands-on. They tackled the work with gusto and their improvements to the play area, and the new bark chippings, means the children can now play safely regardless of the weather. They also embedded some tyres into the floor to create a mini obstacle course which the children absolutely love. Thanks so much to Mark and all the team for spending their volunteering day with us and helping to create a better outside environment for the children."

Mark Douglas, NatWest retail regional director for Wales, said: "This project was close to my heart as I'm Neath born and bred. It was great to see that the children could benefit straightaway from the work we were doing so it was well worth the effort. Many thanks to the school for letting us spend the day with them."

Wales regional director Mark Douglas and his team of local chief executive officers from across Wales rolled up their sleeves at Waunceirch Primary School in Caewern as part of the bank's volunteering programme.

During the day they got creative re-weaving a willow arch in the school grounds, digging the vegetable garden and reading stories to the pupils. Mark and Local CEO Paul Colclough also put the children through their paces with some rugby training. Mark also arranged for a special delivery - a tractor-load of fresh bark chippings for the playground area.

NatWest encourages all retail staff to give a day to support local good causes as part of its community volunteering programme aimed at making a practical contribution to the communities in which the bank operates. The bank hopes to donate more than 22,000 charity volunteering days this year.

Lee Workman, headteacher at the school, said: "It was terrific that they were prepared to be so hands-on. They tackled the work with gusto and their improvements to the play area, and the new bark chippings, means the children can now play safely regardless of the weather. They also embedded some tyres into the floor to create a mini obstacle course which the children absolutely love. Thanks so much to Mark and all the team for spending their volunteering day with us and helping to create a better outside environment for the children."

Mark Douglas, NatWest retail regional director for Wales, said: "This project was close to my heart as I'm Neath born and bred. It was great to see that the children could benefit straightaway from the work we were doing so it was well worth the effort. Many thanks to the school for letting us spend the day with them."

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