Bank staff lend a helping hand at Quarriers House

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Residents at this Quarriers House in Bearsden were delighted when a team of volunteers from Clydesdale Bank transformed their garden.

A team of 12 bank employees planted, pruned and painted their way through the day at the house in Thorn Park which provides a home for people with learning and physical disabilities.

Louise McGinty, volunteer development manager for Quarriers, said: “The support we receive from volunteers is invaluable. The Clydesdale Bank team have left behind them a beautiful, blooming garden for the people who use our services to enjoy. They worked very hard and undertook jobs that many services don’t have the time to do as looking after the individuals we support is their priority.”

Liz Danks, who runs the project alongside joint team leader Brian Graham, said: “The group rolled up their sleeves and got to work – there was no stopping them. They cleared old shrubs, cut back hedges, planted bedding plants, put up lanterns and lights, painted garden furniture and even cleaned the gutters.

“Days such as these make our work worthwhile. It’s fantastic to work alongside volunteers who want to join us on the journey towards making a difference for the people we support.”

Clydesdale Bank encourages its employees to volunteer at community projects for two days’ paid leave per year. In 2012, the bank was presented with a Volunteering Team of the Year Award by Scottish Business in the Community.

Emma Quearns, product analyst at Clydesdale Bank, said: “The Quarriers project staff were so friendly and appreciative that it made our work even more enjoyable. It was a humbling, rewarding experience and one of the best community volunteering days we’ve done.”