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Bank of kindness: City slickers help out

20 July, 2017 — By John Gulliver

Great Croft Resource Centre manager Abul Choudhury with volunteers from Rothschild & Co, Loretta Awuah (left) and Jamie Longley

TAKING the elderly, – some of them suffering from dementia – arm in arm, to the seaside or on a day’s outing to the racecourse at Sandown. That’s not something you would normally associate with high financiers.

But forget the bad press bankers attract.

My photographer on Tuesday came across a couple of young women, representing the historic Rothschild banking firm, at the annual barbecue party held by the Great Croft Resource Centre in King’s Cross for their elderly residents.

It turns out that several banker-types at Rothschilds have been visiting the centre for the past four years, enjoying every minute of helping out in art, hairdressing sessions, bowling, or playing board games.

Manager Abul Choudhury, who has been at the centre for more than 20 years, couldn’t praise them enough. The banking company, based in the City, covers all the costs of outing, but it is the dedication of the volunteers that struck me.


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