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HSBC volunteers help local communities

15 June 2015

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Committee members and HSBC volunteers at St John Village Hall (left to right): Derek Richards, Janet Mitchell, Lewis Wilton, Rob Keymer, Gina Baldwin, Anna Easton, Nicki Kimberley, Nina Minear and John Hough

A group of dedicated volunteers from HSBC’s Plymouth and Cornwall branches helped the St Johns Village Hall Committee to decorate the hall on the 3rd of June. Since the closure of the local pub the village hall has become St John's only community hub. It has brought people together and improvement projects are always well supported by volunteers from the village. The volunteers from HSBC supported the community by painting the building.

Helen J. Marks, Plymouth and Cornwall Area Director of HSBC, said “I am delighted that HSBC is able to support the Cornwall Community Foundation and local communities, it is great for our team to volunteer and make an impact.”

HSBC is a member of Cornwall Community Foundation’s business club the Cornwall 100 Club. The Cornwall 100 Club is a group of like-minded businesses who along with taking corporate social responsibility seriously, also want to invest in their community. The Cornwall 100 Club awarded a total of £31,700 in 2014. The St John Village Hall received £1,000 funding from the business club in 2014 towards landscaping the village hall gardens.

Susan Huke from the St John Village Hall Committee said “Once again the St John Village Hall Committee would like to sincerely thank the Cornwall Community Foundation, Cornwall 100 Club, and, of course, the HSBC volunteers. It was a bright sunny day and the hall was given two protective coats of paint which should stand us in good stead for several years. They all worked hard and were supplied with numerous cups of coffee and biscuits. We understood from the volunteers, that their previous volunteering experience had been mostly gardening and it appeared they were only too pleased to add painting to their portfolio.”

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The Cornwall 100 Club was established seven years ago in March 2008 and supports local projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  The funding from the Club helps local people to make their communities better places to live; in particular they encourage projects which incorporate a combination of the following themes: