Community

One of our much-loved Community Champions, Derek Cross, is retiring after 33 years at Asda – so we decided to give him a fitting send-off!

Derek Cross with colleagues on his last day at Asda Llandudno

Derek started work with Asda in 1976 when Asda Llandudno first opened. He trained many of our Community Champions in the North West including Wrexham Community champion Mary Williams who organised the surprise celebration for him on his last day in store.

Mary said: “He inspired me to do the job I’m doing now. He has put a lot of heart and soul into every Community Champion he’s trained. For me personally, Derek has been my rock, he is a very special person.”

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Posted in Community on 03 May 2016
Community

Helping Carlisle foodbank

Thanks to all Asda Carlisle’s generous customers who donated more than £380 of food this weekend to our local Foodbank!

Volunteers from the Foodbank were in store collecting on Saturday and the 13th Carlisle Scouts were also in store on Sunday collecting for the Foodbank. The donations will make 76 food parcels for those in need.

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Posted in Community on 25 April 2016
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When Asda colleague Emily Kellett took the time to chat to a stranger she didn’t realise her chance encounter would touch so many people.

Emily with Patrick

Emily, who is a Mental Health Ambassador at Asda, bumped into 86-year-old Patrick in Leeds city centre and they started chatting. When Patrick asked Emily if she had time for a coffee she said she did – and they ended up spending two hours chatting together.

Afterwards Emily posted on LinkedIn about their chance meeting, saying: "This is Patrick. He is 86 and he stopped me in Leeds yesterday to ask me how my day was. He then asked if by any chance I had time for a coffee. Meetings cancelled – I spent 2 hours with the most wonderful man.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 22 April 2016
Community

Community Champion Sharon Neill from our Clayton Green store had a fantastic day volunteering at the Pot to Plate project.

Sharon volunteering at the project

The new ten week project encourages people to grow food and make nutritious meals.

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Posted in Community on 22 April 2016
News & Blogs

Our fab Community Champion Maureen shares her birthday with the Queen – and is spending their special day out on a ‘royal tour’ of some of the local groups she supports.

Maureen as the Queen

Maureen is wearing a peach dress, wig, tiara, pearls and long white gloves to visit a dementia cafe, a multiple sclerosis therapy unit, a community resource centre, a care home and a soup kitchen.

Maureen’s serving coffees and teas, posed for photos and chatted to people throughout her 61st birthday.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 21 April 2016