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Lloyds Bank staff get their paint brushes out for THT

On Wednesday 2nd October, a ten-strong team of volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group’s Bristol Harbourside HQ picked up their paintbrushes to give local HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust a new lease of life.

The team will be giving the charity’s building in Bristol’s Old Market a makeover as part of the ‘Give & Gain Day’ volunteering scheme where each year thousands of staff from hundreds of businesses across the UK spend time volunteering in their community as part of the Give & Gain Day project.

Locally, Lloyds Banking Group donates one day each year to community causes. This year, the team chose to help Terrence Higgins Trust by donating a day to paint benches in the charity’s outdoor courtyard as well as the centre’s kitchen and dining areas.

Steve Jones, Regional Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in the South West, said: “We are enormously grateful to the Lloyds team for donating their time to give our buildings a new lease of life! There’s so much we want to do to support people locally that a much-needed lick of paint simply can’t be top of the list. That’s why this fantastic initiative really does make all the difference. Around 100 people use our centre every month – thanks the generosity of the staff from Lloyds it will soon be a brighter and more inviting place for clients and staff alike.”

Jacques Bezuidenhout, Lloyds Banking Group Head of Insurance Finance Reporting, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Terrence Higgins Trust and glad to be actively contributing our time for such an important cause. As one of Bristol’s biggest employers, Lloyds Banking Group colleague volunteering initiatives can make a real difference in the local community. It’s also a great opportunity for my team to get out of the office and work collaboratively on something other than finance!”

Terrence Higgins Trust’s Bristol office provides a range of services for the local community, including HIV testing and support services for people living with HIV. For more information about Terrence Higgins Trust’s local services, please email info.bristol@tht.org.uk or call (0117) 955 1000.