Grab your slice – Asda sets up community fund to help Sunderland projects

Maureen Wallwork Communuity Life Champion at Asda Washington with store manager Keith Walker who are finding it difficult to find charities and good causes to support.
Maureen Wallwork Communuity Life Champion at Asda Washington with store manager Keith Walker who are finding it difficult to find charities and good causes to support.
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SUPERMARKET bosses are offering groups a helping hand.

The Asda Foundation provides financial help to good causes in local communities – and organisers are looking for Wearsiders to grab a slice.

Maureen Wallwork, a community life champion at the store in The Galleries, Washington, said: “We really want people to apply to the foundation for any help they need.

“That’s why we are here. In these tough times people need help, and that’s what we are offering.”

Maureen, 62, has been community life champion at the store for more than eight years.

She said: “We have helped lots of people over the years – individuals, groups and charities.

“We helped a cancer patient who had been a gardener. He wanted his garden tidying up, so we went and did that for him.

“We also went and did a big litter-pick at Washington wildfowl park, and we have worked with Gentoo in Sulgrave.

“We went and helped then with a healthy-eating campaign they were running and gave fruit to the children.”

Biddick Gymnastics Club was one of the projects which have recently benefited from the Asda Foundation funding when it was given £15,000 to buy a new sprung floor for the gym.

“A parent of one of the children who attends the club approached me and told me about their cause,” said Maureen.

“I got in touch with the foundation and told them about it, and they handed the money over pretty much straight away.”

Maureen is urging people who need help to get in touch with her.

“Leaflets about the Asda Foundation can be found at the front of the store,” she said.

“The information will come to me, then I pass it on to the foundation and wait to hear from them. In this economic climate you would think people would be lining up for help.

“We genuinely want to help a lots causes, and a lot of people.

“If we can’t find local people to help, the money will go to national charities rather than those right on our doorstep.

“We are a local store and would prefer the money to go towards helping local people.”

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