KINDHEARTED staff from Lloyds TSB bank made some Bearsden residents very happy this week - by filling their rooms with Christmas decorations and handing over a surprise £500 donation.
Lyn (49), who has learning difficulties, has been living in the supported accommodation, which is run by social care charity Quarriers, for two years, and this is the first time her room has been decorated for the festive period since she has been there.
She said: “I wasn’t allowed to go in my bedroom while it was being decorated, so it was a real surprise. I love it.
“The decorations match the pink and purple of my room and there are small angel lights above my bed.
“I wanted an angel or angel lights as it reminds me of my mum who passed away two years ago.”
Graham Watson, change analyst with Lloyds TSB Banking Group, runs the Team of Ten programme with Mary Ward.
The programme was created this year by Janice Webster, global reconciliations site manager, based in Princes House, Glasgow.
He said: “All Lloyds Banking Group employees are encouraged to donate at least one full day’s work a year to charity volunteering, called a “Day to Make a Difference”.
“Janice chose Quarriers as the benefiting charity after previous experience of volunteering with them.
“Volunteering is incredibly motivating and very democratic. Regardless of their seniority everyone works together in a practical and physical way to achieve the same result.
“I don’t think anyone who has taken part has been unmoved by the gratitude of the residents and their carers.”
Team leader of the Quarriers house in Bearsden and others in North Glasgow, Gayle Thorburn, said: “We usually only decorate the public areas of our houses, but this year the residents asked if we would include their bedrooms.
“We now have a 6ft tree and Lloyds donated £150 of Christmas decorations, which is very generous.
“It was also a complete surprise to receive an additional £500.
“Lloyds Banking Group’s Team of Ten scheme makes such a valuable contribution to projects like ours – we are extremely grateful.”
Scottish charity, Quarriers, provides care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, young people, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances such as homelessness, learning and physical disabilities and epilepsy. For more information visit www.quarriers.org.uk or follow Quarriers on Twitter at http://twitter.com/quarriers or on Facebook.