Organisers of a theatre group for children with additional support needs took to Facebook to thank our Coatbridge store’s Community Champion Ann Binks for laying on a special tour and pizza-making session.
Ann volunteers regularly at Shining Stars Theatre School and arranged for a group of 14 of its students to visit the store to make pizzas and crumpets, help out in the bakery and take a look behind the scenes.
The group had a great reaction from customers during the visit, with some customers applauding their finished pizzas.
Katie Slavin, who founded the group, posted some wonderful photos from their visit on their Facebook page and said: “Well done to everyone, you were all fantastic! A huge thank you to Ann for everything. I can’t put into words how much we appreciate everything!”
Ann said: "They loved it and all the customers loved seeing them. A great day was had by all, this fantastic group put a huge smile on our customer and colleagues faces. The guys had a wee tour of the store and stopped off at the bakery to help wrap some bread to put on the shelves.
“They also visited our pizza counter where they all made pizza for their dinners that evening.”
Katie founded Shining Stars a year ago after finding that drama classes helped build her confidence while dealing with a bad stammer as a child. Her idea to create a theatre school for children with additional support was recognised when she was nominated for an award in the Arts category in the ‘Young Scot Awards’ earlier this year.
She spoke to Ann and together they came up with the idea of bringing the theatre group into store to learn how to make their own pizzas and see what goes on behind the scenes at Asda.
Katie said: “It was great! Ann and everyone in the store were just amazing. Loads of customers watched and clapped when the members had made their pizzas.”
The Shining Stars team are already planning to return for another visit and bring home more tasty creations.