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Happy 81st birthday to our lovely colleague Pat Walmsley who’s worked at Asda Pudsey since 1972!

Happy birthday Pat

Colleagues surprised her with two cakes to celebrate her special day and 45th anniversary at the store. Asda Pudsey manager Mark Dimbleby said: “Pat’s a fantastic colleague … she’s got the energy of a 20-year-old and is always happy and smiley.”

Pat has two children, Martin and Deborah, and granddaughter Rowena who’s 24. She worked as a tailor making raincoats before starting working on the deli at the old Pudsey store in 1972 – then moved across to the new store at Owlcotes Shopping Centre in 1997 where she now works in the bakery.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 07 July 2017
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Colleagues at our Gillingham Pier store were really upset when they heard that thieves had stolen 72-year-old Rosemary Wimble’s collection of 21 Asda gnomes from her front garden.

Rosemary with her new family of gnomes

The gnomes were a great attraction in the local area and Rosemary felt sorry for all the children who regularly came round to see them.

Our colleagues invited her into the store this week – and she was delighted when they surprised her by handing over four giant gnomes to start a new collection.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 30 June 2017
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Ten-year-old Leon fell in love with our Lovable Huggable Panda when he saw it in our Hunts Cross store in Liverpool – but his mum said he couldn’t have it until her next payday.

Colleagues reuniting Leon with Pandy

He found an empty cardboard box, popped the panda inside it and quietly wrote a message on the box: “My mum didn’t have enough money to buy me Pandy so she’s buying me Pandy on 15th June so please don’t buy him as it will make me cry. Thank you so much from Hopeful Future Owner.”

Our colleagues at the store were so moved when section leader David Bateman found the message they clubbed together to buy Pandy – and put out an appeal on Facebook to track down his “future owner”.

Lots of people shared David’s appeal, including the Liverpool Echo – and Leon’s mum Debbie Ashworth spotted their post when she was flicking through her Facebook feed.

She took Leon back into the store – and there were smiles all round when Pandy was handed over.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 23 June 2017
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Four-year-old Charlie has non-verbal autism and always found shopping an overwhelming experience – until his mum Jenny came up with a simple visual aid that keeps him interested and engaged on his trips to Asda.

Charlie and Jenny

Jenny Barnett, who works at our Middlesbrough store, was inspired by the way Charlie’s school uses symbols and pictures to help him communicate. So she came up with a velcro-backed visual shopping list showing lots of different items.

Now her picture sheets – available at the store’s customer service desk – are helping to make the weekly shop less stressful for other shoppers and their children.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 22 June 2017
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Happy 80th birthday to our popular Asda Bootle checkout colleague Margy Coyle!

Margy, second from right, with colleagues

Colleagues decorated her checkout overnight as a birthday surprise – and she said: “I had a tear in my eye when I saw what they had organised for me. It was quite emotional.”

Margy, who’s a great grandma, received a large bunch of flowers and a cake from the store, and colleagues took her out for a meal for her big day.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 20 June 2017