Banking on Xmas

GENEROUS: Ben Crawford and Keeley Howson from First Direct Bank with their gifts.
GENEROUS: Ben Crawford and Keeley Howson from First Direct Bank with their gifts.
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ELDERLY care home residents with no family or friends were given some Christmas cheer thanks to banking staff.

Residents at The Hawthornes in Birkenshaw received presents from staff at First Direct bank in Leeds.Each Christmas the bank runs a Neighbours in Need campaign, offering gifts to people who have no family or friends and would not receive a present over the festive period.

Staff from The Hawthornes provided gift tags with names and details of the recipients’ which were hung on a Christmas tree in First Direct’s reception so appropriate gifts could be bought.

Ben Crawford, from First Direct, said: “I picked Rob, who had an interest in World War Two planes. I am a pilot and fly planes for a hobby, and felt we had something in common. After checking he still had the dexterity to do models, I bought him an Airfix plane kit and wrote him a long letter all about my interest in aircraft.”

Organiser Nicola Rayner, from First Direct, said: “It’s easy to take for granted the lovely feeling of being surrounded by friends and family and I hope the residents who don’t have that opportunity, know we were thinking about them.”