Employees from Santander’s Solent Business Centre recently spent the day at Marwell Zoo helping to restore and maintain the grounds.
The activity, which was part of the bank’s Discovery Days scheme, saw 14 volunteers help refresh the pond area to create the right environment and habitat for the animals by cultivating the soil, reseeding, cutting bushes and clearing debris.
Marwell Zoo near Winchester is a 140 acre zoo owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The charity is dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and other natural resources.
Andy Welsh, Education Business Administrator at Marwell Wildlife, said: "Marwell Wildlife connects people with nature and I would like to extend my personal thanks to the cheerful, enthusiastic Santander volunteers. We’re incredibly grateful for the work they completed; they did a fantastic job tidying the area around the pond for the benefit of the animals and visitors alike."
Alex Fuller, Regional Director at Santander’s Solent Business Centre, said: "It felt great to be able to give something back to our community. We chose Marwell Wildlife because it is a fantastic charity that helps to educate all generations about the importance of conservation and the protection of animals and we were thrilled to have been able to help."
Santander's Discovery Days scheme encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause. Last year over 3,900 members of staff took part in more than 360 projects across the country, including refurbishing local schools, hospitals and helping with community projects.
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Notes to Editors:
The Discovery Project, launched in January 2016, is Santander’s new flagship community programme that aims to build skills, grow knowledge and support innovation to help people have confidence in the future. Santander’s current community programmes including MoneyWise, WorkWise and Discovery Days have been brought together with new initiatives including a schools programme called FutureWise, and Discovery Lab events. Together with The Discovery Foundation and Santander Universities, over £20 million will be invested in good causes in 2016. Over the next five years the bank aims to benefit one million people in local communities through the programme.
Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 31 December 2015, Santander UK was one of the most switched to banks. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 857 branches and 70 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.