The trip was made possible by generous funding from HSBC.
They have long been committed to helping the communities they serve and have raised more than £7.5m for over 1,052 UK charities since 2021, along with staff who have volunteered over 13,301 hours during working hours.
Several of their employees also volunteered to serve lunch and make animal masks with the children that day.
Like most families, financial problems begin due to the cost of living crisis so being able to offer this trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park gave local families a chance to really enjoy their summer holidays.
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Grace Woolley, Viking Center Coordinator said, “This is the largest trip we have ever undertaken and it demonstrates a great partnership with a great organization.
“Providing these trips gives families and the local community a great sense of community pride and brings people together to enjoy a great day.
“We had a great time and can’t wait to host events like this in the future.”
Julie Ashcroft, Local Director of HSBC Bank UK said: “HSBC UK was delighted to fund and support this day for local families using the Viking Centre. Community is at the heart of our local market and this day trip was a great cause for many local families in the Barton area.
“Thank you to the team at Ongo Communities and Viking Center for reaching out and making this all possible. It was a great day for everyone who was there.”
As well as funding the trip, HSBC is also working with Ongo to support customers and renters with financial training covering a variety of modules including online banking, fraud and budgeting.
The Viking Center provides free activities for the local community that give families a chance to socialize and young people a safe space to express themselves and meet new people.
For more information about the Viking Center follow them on social media or contact 07717736162. For more information about HSBC and their community initiatives visit: www.HSBC.co.uk