Charities compete for supermarket cash

Representatives of Adsa Galleries, Washington, Police, Territorial Army, City council, Lambton and Wessington Primary Schools and Washington Community Garden  at the launch of Asda's Community Life fundraising drive at the Galleries Store on Monday.
Representatives of Adsa Galleries, Washington, Police, Territorial Army, City council, Lambton and Wessington Primary Schools and Washington Community Garden at the launch of Asda's Community Life fundraising drive at the Galleries Store on Monday.
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SUPERMARKET staff and shoppers are set to bring a boost to good causes across Wearside and East Durham.

Asda has launched its Community Life initiative and workers at the Grangetown, Washington and Seaham stores have spoken of their eagerness to help worthy groups in the area.

Customers receive tokens when paying for their shopping, which they can then put in a box for the charity they would most like to see money donated towards.

The charity with the most votes will then receive £200 from Asda with the two runners-up getting £50.

The Grangetown store’s chosen charities are Mind, Saint Aidan’s Scout Group and military mental health organisation Recognise It, Resolve It.

Lesley Watson, who works at the Grangetown store and is its designated Community Link champion, said: “Customers have got behind the scheme and the staff are all keen to go out and get involved with fund-raising in the community.

“Hopefully a lot of money will be raised for the charities.”

The three charities vying for cash at Washington Galleries are Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project, theatre group Centre Stage North East and children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent.

Maureen Wallwork, of The Galleries store, said: “We’ve had a really good turnout for the launch event.

“We’re also encouraging any community groups who are looking for a meeting room to use, to get in touch.

“All they have to do is contact us and we will see what we can do.”

At Asda’s Seaham store, workers have chosen to support Dawdon Community Centre, Seaham Dance Group and Homestart during the next two months.

Voting has begun to find the one which will get £200, with the other two to be presented with £50 at the close of the awareness drive.

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