Staff from Lloyds Bank have swapped managing wealth advisers for clearing weeds as part of a community initiative to improve the facilities at the 10th St Brelade’s Scout Group.  

The scout centre at Les Creux Country Park was in need of some serious help after overgrowth had rendered parts of the site unusable.  

Lloyds Bank’s international private bank Regulated Management team spent a day at the centre.  

‘We spent the day removing stinging nettles and weeds from the site and clearing the overgrown outdoor chapel area to provide a safer space for the scouts to enjoy,’ said senior manager Emiko Caerlewy-Smith.  

‘The day was in stark contrast to our day jobs of leading teams of financial wealth advisers in Jersey, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man but it was really satisfying to see just how much of a difference we were able to make in such a short amount of time.’  

Group Scout Leader Chris Totty, who rewarded the hard working team with a wood-fired BBQ lunch, was grateful to the Lloyds Bank team from their efforts.  

‘We owe a huge thank you to all of the volunteers from Lloyds Bank who gave up their time to clear the area. Their generosity and hard work has improved the quality of our centre and will allow us to make much better use of the outdoor space in the future.’

Lloyds Bank Islands Director Tim Cooke said the time given to the 10th St Brelade’s Scout Group was one of a number of community initiatives undertaken by the bank during 2013.  

‘Lloyds Bank employees are passionate about making a difference to what matters to people in Jersey. We support many charities and organisations through either financial support or time,’ he said.  

‘This project is another example of how our staff contribute to the community. The Scouts have a long tradition of teamwork and so it was fantastic that our team work had real benefits for the group.’