Sheffield bank worker helps build new classrooms in South Africa

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A Sheffield bank worker has helped build classrooms in a deprived South African community school.

Lisa Drury, from Santander, took part in the project in KwaZulu-Natal as part of the bank’s long-term partnership with children’s charity the NSPCC.

She was among a team of 37 Santander employees who put their DIY skills to the test by building two classrooms, a children’s play area and renovating a school hall.

Many classrooms in KwaZulu-Natal are overcrowded and in poor condition, with over 70 children often in one class.

April Armstrong, Santander’s charity manager, said: “The Santander South Africa Community Challenge was physically and emotionally demanding but a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved.”