At the Tickled Pink stall with the Mayor and Mayoress

For the past five years Mary Williams, our Community Champion at Asda Wrexham, has organised a Family Fun Day in Wrexham – and this year’s was the biggest yet!

The sunshine certainly brought out the crowds – thanks to everyone who came and helped make it such a fun community event. Colleagues from Asda Warrington and Asda Chester also helped out on the day. The event raised £896.62 for Tickled Pink.

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Posted in Community on 21 July 2016

Children at a Durham school couldn’t believe their eyes when they harvested the new potatoes they’d grown with the help of Asda colleague Adam Foster.

Harvesting time

This heart-shaped potato was the pick of the crop from the school garden in Sherburn, County Durham. The school’s “Eco-team”, pictured above with Adam from Asda Durham Living, harvested the new potatoes which they will be selling at the school’s summer fayre.

The children kept some of the crop to sample in the school canteen – and Adam’s store manager also bought some to cook up into leek and potato soup for colleagues to enjoy too!

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Posted in Community on 19 July 2016

Ever wondered what an Asda Community Champion gets up to? Here’s Niki Iveson from our Carlisle store to show us how she worked with local charities, community groups and good causes…

Day 1: Animal Refuge, Jigsaw Hospice and Carlisle Foodbank

At our weekly volunteer placement at the animal refuge we wash, dry, fold and put away the extensive blankets and towels used for the animals in need of shelter. Once that tedious (but necessary) task has been done, we exercise between 1-3 of the canine residents. This can be in the paddock, in-door play area or out in countryside.

Niki with one of the rescue dogs

After a quick trip back to the store, it was a delight to be able to donate some children’s garden furniture to the local children’s hospice, Jigsaw.

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Posted in Community on 15 July 2016

A big well done to our Dundonald Community Champion Sharon McBratney, who helped raise £1,500 for Helping Hands by taking part in a 24-hour sit-out.

Sharon, Caroline and Debbie

Sharon was joined by Helping Hands’ Chairperson Caroline Birch and Debbie Scott, a local mum and supporter of the group.

Helping Hands offers support to families of children affected by Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome with activity clubs and advice sessions. The money raised through the sponsored sit-out will go towards Helping Hands’ new Autism resource centre.

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Posted in Community on 12 July 2016

Our Community Champions will be helping out at Pride events around the UK once again this summer. We’re also proud to be the main sponsor for Sparkle Weekend, the world’s biggest trans festival which took place in Manchester this weekend.

At Sparkle Weekend 2016

Liz Cotterill is Community Champion at our Warrington store and Asda’s Pride Ambassador for Manchester Pride next month. She organised a team of 50 colleagues from Manchester and Liverpool to help get everything set up for Sparkle Weekend and lend a hand over the weekend.

“The Sparkle team were so pleased!” said Liz. "We stayed all day on the Friday setting up tables, chairs, marquees and building the main stage. We even put together the Green Room mirrors for the for the acts.

“We’re proud to be able to be apart of this amazing experience and support our community.”

Tweet from Liz

And in Bristol Community Champions Susan Grant from our Longwell store and Brenda Wright from our Bedminster store were helping out at the Bristol Pride event.

At Bristol Pride

“It was an amazing day!” said Susan. “The festival started at Castle Park where everyone gathered to do the procession walk to Millennium Square where all the fun began. Me and Brenda had offered our help to do a bucket collection at the gates and hand out wrist bands. There was so many people at the festival and fantastic outrageous outfits. The entertainment was also great with fantastic singers dressed in drag. It was great that we had the opportunity to attend the event and lend a helping hand. Well done to all the event organisers.”

Here’s where else we’ll be over the summer:

Leeds Pride – Sunday 7th August
Cardiff Pride – Saturday 13th August
Glasgow Pride – Saturday 20th August
Manchester Pride – Friday 26th August
Reading Pride – Saturday 3rd September

Asda is also Trans Workplace of the Year 2016 and in Stonewall’s Top 100 employers.

Posted in Community on 11 July 2016