"Dream" Asda Foundation grant pays for charity's new minibus

A charity which provides a range of support groups, clubs and activities to bring the local community together have bought a new minibus thanks to a £32,000 Asda Foundation donation.

Colleagues and group members with the new minibus

Colleagues from our Newton Mearns store handed over the keys to Mearns Kirk Helping Hands.

The group have been working for the past four years to provide a safe and supportive environment for people living with dementia, those dealing with grief, and other isolated or disadvantaged members of the local community.

The group’s new minibus will allow them to take members on outings to museums, parks, concerts and shows on a more regular basis.

As well as providing a safe environment for their clients who live with dementia, their Art Therapy and Lunch Club has been held every Thursday at Mearns Kirk Hall for the past four years and helps support over 20 regulars. The new transport will be a lifeline for those in need who attend the clubs.

Isobel Dawson from Mearns Kirk Helping Hands said: “Everyone here at Mearns Kirk Helping Hands was absolutely thrilled to receive this donation from the Asda Foundation. We’re delighted to now take delivery of this much needed minibus which means every one of our members can enjoy a range of social and cultural activities.”

Claire Rennie, community champion at Asda Newton Mearns, said: "The group are ecstatic to receive the new minibus, they kept telling me it was like a dream!

“Newton Mearns is a really close-knit community, and the minibus will be a real lifeline to the members of Mearns Kirk Helping Hands and the group really deserve this support that benefits so many people in the area. We are very proud to have helped the group secure this grant from the Foundation.”

Posted in Community on 27 July 2017