Building society staff lend hand at charity

Gazette & Herald: Lisa Keenan, right, from Ryedale Special Families, is helped by Charis-Anne Wilkie-Metterson, Anita Newbould and Lisa Earnshaw from Yorkshire Building Society during the makeover Lisa Keenan, right, from Ryedale Special Families, is helped by Charis-Anne Wilkie-Metterson, Anita Newbould and Lisa Earnshaw from Yorkshire Building Society during the makeover

STAFF from a new building society in Malton have donned DIY gear to help give a charity’s headquarters a new look.

Five members of staff from Yorkshire Building Society spent the day helping to spruce up two rooms at Ryedale Special Families, which will be used to hold sessions and classes.

“We are all local to Malton but wanted to get to know our local community a little better and thought a day of volunteering at a charity close to the heart of many in the town might be a good way to start,” said Frank Nicholson, manager of the branch which opened last month.

“We had a great day at Ryedale Special Families as we got to know the staff and learn a bit more about the fantastic support they offer to families of those with disabilities.

“I hope this is the first of many relationships we develop with local charities and good causes.”

Ryedale Special Families supports the families of children with disabilities and special needs.

As well as supporting campaigns and championing the rights of parents of those with disabilities, they also arrange family fun activities, hold group sessions and arrange day trips so families are given the chance to socialise with others in a similar situation.

Lisa Keenan, resource manager from Ryedale Special Families, said: “It was great to have the Yorkshire’s staff with us for the day. After 10 years the office certainly needed a new coat of paint. The work we completed would not have happened without their help – it’s a great way of supporting a local charity.”

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