A GROUP of Lloyds bank workers volunteered at Cwmcarn primary school earlier this month to help spruce up the building and grounds.

Twenty-two colleagues from the Lloyds banking group spent a day with members of the school parent-teacher association on October 1 to carry out a range of work.

The group cleared two overgrown areas around the school grounds, built a quiet area on the junior yard, painted a seating area in the atrium, built a shed and some fencing on the school grounds and installed some tyres to line the nursery bike track. They also built a "mud kitchen" for the nursery children to use.

The idea to volunteer at the school came as part of the bank's Day to Make a Difference campaign - a volunteering programme where employees are encouraged to use at least one working day a year to help their local community.

Nic Saunders, head teacher of Cwmcarn primary, thanked the work the Lloyds employees had done. He said: "It has had such a positive effect on the staff and it is lovely to see such improvements.”

Kathryn Harris, planning analyst for Lloyds, said: "We were thrilled to use our Day to Make a Difference to support local people and help our community thrive.

"Not only did we have the opportunity to help complete a worthwhile project for the school, we also spent some quality time together as a team.

"All in all it has been a great day for the team, and to top it all, we also helped raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research through the school’s cake sale activity."

Teaching assistant at the school and who also helped lead the project, Elaine Jenkins, said: "I can’t believe how much work you completed. It is beyond anything I had dreamed. Thank you so much."