Salvation Army counting on bank staff to make a difference

Halifax Bank staff who took part in Make a Difference Day at the   Heckmondwike Salvation Army Corps.
Halifax Bank staff who took part in Make a Difference Day at the Heckmondwike Salvation Army Corps.

Bank managers showed just what a difference a day makes when they visited Heckmondwike Salvation Army.

The staff left behind their day jobs to spend time painting, planting, laying a patio, chopping down trees and weeding as part of the Halifax Bank’s Day to Make a Difference programme.

They first came to the rescue of Heckmondwike corps last Christmas after burglars stole items intended for food parcels for local people.

They organised collections and helped sort out food parcels but were keen to help out again using a day of their own time.

After a £415,000 investment into its Barrack Street premises, the Heckmondwike corps opened its brand new two storey community building in January, so the bank staff decided to pitch in to develop the outdoor area so the playgroup children can enjoy playing outside.

Dewsbury branch manager Vicky Harrison said “The Salvation Army in Heckmondwike is right in the middle of our patch and so it seemed appropriate to do something in the areas our customers live.

“We are delighted to be able to help out by giving something back to local children so they can play outside and grow vegetables and plants in a safe and secure

Corps officer Major Sharen Furlong said “We are very grateful for the support we have received from the staff at the Halifax Bank once again. I am sure that the playgroup children and visitors to the building will be thrilled with all the work the staff did for us.”

The building is available for commuity use, for information visit www.heckmondwikesalvation-army.org.uk .