No horsing about as bank staff volunteer at Leeds equine sanctuary

Yorkshire Building Society's chief executive and chief officers volunteering at Hope Pastures, Leeds.
Yorkshire Building Society's chief executive and chief officers volunteering at Hope Pastures, Leeds.
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There was no horsing around for top bosses at Yorkshire Building Society when they spent a day volunteering at Hope Pastures equine sanctuary.

Chief executive Chris Pilling took his team to help out at the Weetwood Lane charity which rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys.

Catherine Wilson, a volunteer and corporate event co-ordinator, said: “They worked extremely hard and completed an absolutely enormous section of fencing for us.

“We were really impressed with how they rolled up their sleeves and totally blitzed it – they even ran out of wood.

“As a small charity we receive no income and rely on public support to keep doing what we do.

“Without the help from volunteers like the team from Yorkshire Building Society we would really struggle.”

Chris Pilling, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “Erecting fencing certainly makes a difference to the kind of work we would usually tackle in an average day.

“But it was incredibly rewarding to see how much we were able to achieve and what it meant to the team at Hope Pastures.

“Volunteering is extremely important to us all at Yorkshire Building Society.

“We know the skills our people can bring are often more valuable to charities and organisations than money alone.”

In 2015, Yorkshire Building Society colleagues spent more than 11,800 hours volunteering at charities and good causes around the UK.

Hope Pastures works with people and families across all areas of the community and is open to the public, free of charge, everyday.

For more information visit www.hopepastures.org.

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