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Ten-year-old Leon fell in love with our Lovable Huggable Panda when he saw it in our Hunts Cross store in Liverpool – but his mum said he couldn’t have it until her next payday.

Colleagues reuniting Leon with Pandy

He found an empty cardboard box, popped the panda inside it and quietly wrote a message on the box: “My mum didn’t have enough money to buy me Pandy so she’s buying me Pandy on 15th June so please don’t buy him as it will make me cry. Thank you so much from Hopeful Future Owner.”

Our colleagues at the store were so moved when section leader David Bateman found the message they clubbed together to buy Pandy – and put out an appeal on Facebook to track down his “future owner”.

Lots of people shared David’s appeal, including the Liverpool Echo – and Leon’s mum Debbie Ashworth spotted their post when she was flicking through her Facebook feed.

She took Leon back into the store – and there were smiles all round when Pandy was handed over.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 23 June 2017
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Four-year-old Charlie has non-verbal autism and always found shopping an overwhelming experience – until his mum Jenny came up with a simple visual aid that keeps him interested and engaged on his trips to Asda.

Charlie and Jenny

Jenny Barnett, who works at our Middlesbrough store, was inspired by the way Charlie’s school uses symbols and pictures to help him communicate. So she came up with a velcro-backed visual shopping list showing lots of different items.

Now her picture sheets – available at the store’s customer service desk – are helping to make the weekly shop less stressful for other shoppers and their children.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 22 June 2017
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Happy 80th birthday to our popular Asda Bootle checkout colleague Margy Coyle!

Margy, second from right, with colleagues

Colleagues decorated her checkout overnight as a birthday surprise – and she said: “I had a tear in my eye when I saw what they had organised for me. It was quite emotional.”

Margy, who’s a great grandma, received a large bunch of flowers and a cake from the store, and colleagues took her out for a meal for her big day.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 20 June 2017
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Meet our popular colleague Colin Leigh who’s still delighting customers on the checkouts at our Cardiff Coryton store at 83.

Colin

Great-grandad Colin is a firm favourite with customers and colleagues at the store and is well known for handing out sweets to customers at his till.

Colin used to work as an engineer before joining the store 11 years ago.

He said: “Asda are a brilliant firm to work for – they’ve bent over backwards for me. I love coming to work and the best thing about it is meeting people.”

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Posted in News & Blogs on 20 June 2017
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Congratulations to our fantastic Washington colleague Maureen Wallwork who’s been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list for all the work she does in the local community.

Maureen, right, with Gateshead Community Champion Lynn Ivison and a customer

Maureen, who’s pictured on the right above helping out at an assisted shop for elderly customers earlier this year at our Gateshead store, is Asda Washington’s community champion. She’s spent the last 10 years making a huge difference to the local community both in her Asda role and in her spare time.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 17 June 2017