Community Christmas

Jo Scott from our Pwllheli store presented much-deserved Asda Hidden Heroes awards to brothers Cian and Danial – who she says are truly inspirational lovely boys who have raised lots of money for charities close to their hearts.

Jo with Hidden Heroes Cian and Danial

Their mum Donna McClelland has incurable cancer – and 11-year-old Cian and Danial, who’s six, have done everything from busking on their doorstep to selling their toys to raise funds for cancer charities and other good causes.

Donna says she couldn’t be more proud of her boys for the way they’ve coped and helped her in the five years since she was first diagnosed with cancer.

Jo said: “We’re like a family in this part of Wales so I’ve become really good friends with Donna over the years and I’ve seen the boys grow up so much since I first met them. They’re lovely fun characters – an absolute joy and so positive.”

Posted by Community Christmas on 16 December 2016
Community Christmas

94-year-old Sheila Pimley was one of more than a hundred senior citizens who had a great time at Good Morning Colin’s Christmas party.

Noeleen with Sheila Pimley

Community elf Noeleen McMahon from our Westwood store in Belfast helped to host the party with the help of a £1,000 donation from the Asda Foundation.

Good Morning Colin, founded in 2002, is a free community-based support service for older and vulnerable people. It provides reassurance through daily telephone calls and support as well as integrating people into their communities and with local services.

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Posted by Community Christmas on 15 December 2016
Community Christmas

Asda elf Sharon Gregory-Wareing from our Southport store teamed up with Santa to lay on a special Christmas lunch for 80 local elderly people.

Santa helps Sharon serve the meal

Sharon secured a £1,000 grant from the Asda Foundation to pay for Christmas dinner for the senior citizens, as well as decorations, gifts and transport to and from the party for people who needed it. She then joined nine other volunteers to prepare and serve the food and look after the guests.

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Posted by Community Christmas on 14 December 2016
Community Christmas

Meet Olive Spink – the amazing 90-year-old Asda customer who does the shopping for “elderly” friends and neighbours who can’t shop for themselves.

Olive doing the shopping

Olive’s a regular visitor to our Wheatley store in Oxfordshire, calling in several times a week to pick up essentials for her friends. She says that staying so busy helps her keep young.

To thank Olive for everything that she does in the community, Asda community elf Angie Young and store manager Michael Turner presented her with a special hamper of Christmas goodies and a bunch of flowers – as well as an Asda Hidden Hero badge.

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Posted by Community Christmas on 09 December 2016
News & Blogs

Extra Special mince pies

Asda Innovation Chef Mark Richmond has come up with a clever way to make sure our mince pies really are filled to the brim.

And it hasn’t gone unnoticed – our Extra Special mince pies have been praised in top Christmas food awards including BBC Good Food, Good Housekeeping and Delicious Magazine.

Mark was inspired by memories of his granny baking mince pies at home. She would always make sure the pies were filled with plenty of mincemeat and the lids of the pies were pressed down to remove any air.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 06 December 2016