Society Helps To Build A Greener Future For Residents At Seckford Almshouses
An old summer house has been given a new lease of life after being transformed into a potting shed with help from Yorkshire Building Society.
People living at Seckford Almshouses can now enjoy gardening once again after the work was carried out by colleagues from the Yorkshire’s Woodbridge branch.
The branch also bought residents a gardening hamper packed full of tools, plants and flowers using £450 from the Society’s Charitable Foundation.
Stephen Lye, manager of Yorkshire Building Society’s Woodbridge branch, said: “The potting shed will allow people living at Seckford Almhouses to enjoy gardening once again.
“We were really happy to be able to help make a difference and create something which will be of huge benefit to everyone at Seckford Almhouses.
“As the Society celebrates its 150th year we remain committed to giving something back to our community and helping to leave a lasting legacy.”
The work was carried out under the Yorkshire’s Actionteering scheme – an award winning staff volunteering program which allows everyone who works for the Society two day’s paid leave every year to make a difference in their local community.
The Almshouses were built on Seckford Street in the 16th century by the Queen’s lawyer Thomas Seckford to offer accommodation to older people.
Today, they provide high quality residential care for older people as well as care services within the community for those who wish to remain in their own homes.
Sarah Kopferschmitt, Head of Care at Seckford Almshouses, said: “We were delighted that the Yorkshire Building Society team were happy to help turn our summer house into a potting shed.
“Some of those now living in the Very Sheltered accommodation in Seckford Almshouses, or in Jubilee House, were passionate about their gardens throughout their lives and are very knowledgeable too. The potting shed, with the raised workbenches now makes gardening a possibility again.
“We were grateful to have been presented with a beautiful hamper full of gardeners’ goodies, gloves, tools and seeds for both flowers and herbs. We also received some troughs and perennial plants which have already been planted up by a group of people living here.”
For more information about Seckford Almshouses visit www.seckfordalmshouses.org.uk.