VOLUNTEERS helped to develop community projects in the upper Calder Valley on Give and Gain Day.
Staff from Lloyds Bank in Halifax pitched in to create a garden area at Scout Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, and also helped the Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) team with work on its Green Route around the town.
Anne Stamp, headteacher at Scout Road Academy, said: “We were looking to revamp the end of our school field.
“Our science co-ordinator put in a bid to the Business in the Community scheme.
“We have been able to put some money towards it to buy the materials and 18 volunteers from Lloyds provided the labour.”
The Lloyds team re-weaved a willow arch, created some raised beds and laid a circular patio which had been donated by Marshalls.
They also set up a herb garden in the academy’s grounds.
“We have got a little boy in Year four who has tried to raise money for a butterfly house for his class,” Mrs Stamp said.
“He did a triathlon and raised nearly £200. With that money, we have been able to buy insect houses and butterfly houses.”
Lloyds volunteer Trevor Smith said it was a great day.
“We feel like we are giving something back,” he said.
“It’s great to be able to come to the school and do some work for them. It’s quite rewarding really.”
More than 50 Lloyds staff from across the north of England came to Todmorden to help Incredible Edible develop its Green Route.
The volunteers assisted with some planting and also erected signs.
Pam Warhurst, from IET, said: “It’s an exciting day for Todmorden.
“We saw lots of people in town giving up their time to help make our Green Route. It’s fabulous.”
Lloyds volunteer Ben Clark said: “It’s a chance to make a difference in the community.”
Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain thanked the volunteers for their support.
“I’m really glad to see you all helping Todmorden and taking it forward,” he said.
Jennifer Pearson, deputy mayoress of Calderdale, congratulated IET on its success.
“I think the whole thing is putting Todmorden on the map,” she said.