Bankers help revamp community centre

STARTING POINT: Lloyds TSB staff Ashley Wayman, Susan Hope, Dawn Hughes and Kevin Hodgson before they got to work.
STARTING POINT: Lloyds TSB staff Ashley Wayman, Susan Hope, Dawn Hughes and Kevin Hodgson before they got to work.
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BANKERS brushed up their decorating skills as they prepared a community room for a new lease of life.

Workers from Lloyds TSB branch in Seaham led the revamp of the former crèche of Parkside Community Centre in the town, giving it a fresh look as the complex’s bosses make plans to turn it into a space which can be used for a host of activities.

The effort is part of the bank’s Day to Make a Difference campaign, where its teams can turn their attentions to helping a community project. The team, which included staff from its Sunderland bases, gathered together the kit and resources to paint the room cream, covering Disney-themed murals over two days.

Susan Hope, manager of the Seaham branch, said: “It’s great to see what we’ve done, and it’s fantastic we’ve decorated a room for them.

“We want to get out into the community as much as we can, so if there is anybody we can help, we’d love to hear from them.”

Denise Cameron, a youth worker at the Heathway centre, said: “The room was used as a crèche years ago, so it needed to be redecorated.

“Lloyds TSB asked if they could come up and help and their work will mean this room will now be free for the community to use.

“We couldn’t get the funding at the moment, finding funds is so hard, and it was nice of them to offer.”