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Workers gave a helping hand to East London communities

PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:59 05 October 2010

STAFF from Lloyds swapped business for charity as part of the firm s Helping Hands week designed to get workers to volunteer in their local communities. Chairman of the City based insurance firm Lord Levene helped eight-year-olds with their reading at C

STAFF from Lloyds swapped business for charity as part of the firm's Helping Hands week designed to get workers to volunteer in their local communities.

Chairman of the City based insurance firm Lord Levene helped eight-year-olds with their reading at Christchurch Primary School in Brick Lane.

He said: "Lloyd's has had employees visiting schools in Tower Hamlets for many years now, helping them with their reading and maths, and it was a pleasure to be able to join them."

The company's CEO Richard Ward also got involved by rolling up his sleeves and helping out with the communications team at the Whitechapel Mission which cares for the homeless.

He said: "I was fortunate to be able to see the amazing work that the team at the Whitechapel Mission do and play a small part in helping those who visit there. It was a humbling, eye opening and extremely rewarding experience and one that I hope to repeat very soon.

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