More than happy to help – June loves serving the local community
June Thurston from our Hereford store is one of the wonderful Community Life Champions who are at the heart of the work we do to support local groups and good causes near each of our stores.
Our #cakemyday 50th birthday tour has been a chance to celebrate the work our Community Life Champions do and highlight some of the fantastic local community projects they and our charity the Asda Foundation support.
June and her colleagues at Hereford got into the full swing of things for #cakemyday by dressing up in 60 outfits, decorating the store with balloons and handing out cake.
And June welcomed the #cakemyday campervan when it arrived at the store to present an Asda Foundation cheque for £8,500 to South Wye Development, who run a drop-in centre that helps improve the quality of life of local people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or socially excluded. It’s one of the many good causes close to June’s heart.
June has been Community Life Champion at Asda Hereford for nine years. Describing the role, she said: "It’s someone who serves their community. It’s letting people know what we can do to help, either in volunteering time or booking our training rooms if they can’t afford meeting spaces or to hold awareness centres.
“I can volunteer to help them out if they’ve got trips or events where they need an extra body to help either fundraise or look after somebody – I’m there for them.
“You’ve got be caring and care about your community because that’s what it’s about – how much of a difference you can make.”
June regularly visits local charities like Saxon Hall, a community centre that’s a fantastic resource for people in the Putson area of Hereford.
“I go there every Wednesday to the gardening club and help out with the community gardens. A donation of £1800 from the Asda Foundation recently paid for picnic tables and other equipment.”
June also helped out at a recent pamper day for local veterans at Saxon Hall – serving lunch and handing out yummy celebration cake for everyone to enjoy.
This week June visited a day care centre for the elderly after it won a cheque as part of the Asda Foundation Chosen by You, Given by Us green token scheme. She said: "It’s just the highlight of their day when somebody comes to see them. It means so much.
“I came out of there and looked at Matt, who’s my store manager, and I said: “I just love my job. This is what it’s about – making a difference where it matters.”
If you’d like to find out how our Community Life colleagues can help with your project pop into your nearest Asda store and speak to one of our Community Life Champions.
Find out more: See what else our amazing colleagues have been doing to celebrate our 50th birthday on our Cake My Day page.