Leeds property team digs in to help local charities
A total of 38 people from property company Morgans were given the day off work so that they could volunteer at two local charities. The staff, who are based at Morgans’ offices on Dock Street in Leeds City Centre and Otley Road in Headingley, volunteered at Leeds MENCAP and Hollin Lane Allotments.
Managing director Jonathan Morgan came up with the plan to support the charities. He says: “I am a big believer in helping the local community in which you live and work. We did a similar project last year when half of us spent a day refurbishing the St George’s Crypt shop on Armley Town Street and the other half were bag packing at Morrisons in Guiseley where we collected a record £800 for The Crypt.
“This year half of our team went to help Leeds MENCAP, where we painted their three activity rooms, and cleaned all the soft play area and ball pit, which is used by the young children who visit the centre.
“The other half of us went to Hollin Lane Allotments, which are supported by Leeds Community Foundation, where we weeded, trimmed, wood-chipped and planted all day long. We also collected wood, built shelters for woodland animals and cut back the hedges alongside the pathways. The aim was to help make the allotments less daunting for older people.
“Everybody worked really hard and the local deli, Sebby’s, provided the team at the allotments with sandwiches and cakes. Some of the people who regularly volunteer on the allotments also made soup and offered hot drinks.
“Everyone felt a great sense of achievement at the end of the day, and I know that the charities were very happy with our efforts.”
Leeds MENCAP provides services and activities to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability in Leeds along with their families and carers from The Vinery Centre.
Leeds Community Foundation helps to bring together local philanthropists with dynamic local organisations and community groups that require funding and other resources. Hollin Lane Allotments is a community gardening project in North West Leeds supported by the Foundation.
Jonathan adds: “As a successful Leeds based business it’s important that we support local charities and providing practical hands-on help is a great way of doing this. Most of our team really relished the opportunity to volunteer, and this is something we are really keen to foster and develop further in the future.”
In addition to the volunteering days, Jonathan Morgan is a trustee of Leeds Community Foundation and founded the organisation’s 100 Club which is a special patronage scheme for people who want to make a difference in Leeds.
Jonathan also recently helped to launch a new property development company, with a board of directors that consists of some of the city’s leading property and construction experts, to support the St George’s Crypt charity. The St George’s Crypt Development Company will now provide homes and community facilities for homeless and disadvantaged people throughout Leeds.