Employees from Santander’s branches in Oxford, Reading and High Wycombe recently spent the day at Marwell Zoo near Winchester to replace the fencing around the penguin enclosure.
The activity saw 13 volunteers, including regional and branch managers, work alongside the zoo staff to build a new rope fence to replace the existing one that had become damaged over time. The group also put in new fence posts to keep the zoo visitors and children safe when travelling around the penguin house and area.
Marwell Zoo is owned and run by Marwell Wildlife, a world renowned, action oriented charity leading conservation programmes in the UK and Africa. The charity aims to both conserve biodiversity and other natural resources, locally and internationally, and connect people with nature.
Andy Welsh, Education Business Administrator at Marwell Wildlife, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Santander volunteers for helping us to ensure that the penguin enclosure is safe. It is no mean feat ensuring that every aspect of the zoo is not only safe but also visitor-friendly so we’re always grateful for additional support. Needless to say the penguins were rather inquisitive as to what the volunteers were doing to their enclosure!”
Natalie Ford, Regional Co-Ordinator for Santander South West Division, said: “Despite relentless rain and cold winds, all of the volunteers worked really hard to ensure the work was completed in one day. Marwell Wildlife 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 Community Days scheme encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause. Last year over 2,700 members of staff took part in 256 projects across the country, including refurbishing local schools, hospitals and helping with community projects.
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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 2014, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 921 branches and 66 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.
Santander’s Community activities feature employee fundraising campaigns which provide support to local and national charities. At the company’s main office sites employees are involved in volunteering through initiatives such as the Community Days team challenge events and the Santander in Schools programme. The Santander Foundation provides donations to projects that support disadvantaged people through education and training, and financial advice projects. This year the Community programme will contribute over £6 million to good causes around the UK.
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