SANTANDER UK has opened its newly-designed and refurbished branch on Broad Street, Seaford.

It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed.

The shop was officially opened by Mikayla Bernstein from Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice, which the branch has supported for more than five years.

Work took four weeks to complete and facilities include digital workstations with tablets for online banking, Express Banking with a new ATM wall, counter services for more secure transactions as well as private interview rooms.

The branch, which employs six staff and is managed by Wayne Cull, features a picture wall to display local community initiatives such as Santander Foundation grants.

Santander’s head of retail distribution Susan Allen said: “Banking is changing at a rapid pace and we wanted to create a branch that can accommodate the needs of all our local customers.

“That means combining traditional banking facilities and a focus on delivering great customer service with modern, digital services including free Wi-Fi, customer tablets and digital ATMs.

“Santander branches are an important part of many communities and our investment in this branch reflects our commitment to Seaford.

“We will also be illustrating our involvement in the area with a personalised picture wall showcasing the branch’s role in local initiatives

Santander branches in the Brighton region completed a charity challenge week in November and December 2017 to celebrate 50 years of the Rockinghorse charity.

Together with a Santander discovery grant of £5000, they raised £15,200 for Rockinghorse.

Staff have now collected all the funds so they used the opening event last week as a platform to present the cheque.

Rockinghorse carried out a high profile campaign to celebrate its 0th anniversary.

Its services spread across Sussex.