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Helping the local community is so important to Asda Telford community champion Sharon

Asda Telford Community Champion
September 02, 2020 02:03 PM

Our Telford store’s community champion Sharon Fenn loves supporting local charities, groups and good causes. She is one of the 380 Asda community champions who are on hand to support local charities, groups and good causes. Here she blogs about her role…

I've worked for Asda for more than five years now – two of which have been as a community champion – and last year I supported about 30 good causes and raised more than £4,000 for charities.

I really enjoy arranging donations for good causes in my local area and I especially like to create hampers, whether as raffle prizes or a way of saying thank you.

I recently created hampers to say thank you to the keyworkers at our local hospital, The Princess Royal, and also to care homes close to our store.

Our customers are very generous and we almost always have a full trolley of donations each week for our local Telford Crisis Support food bank through our Fight Hunger Create Change initiative. Our customers really get behind this cause also which makes it such a great success.

And recently our local community centre, The Hub in Sutton Hill, has benefited from an Asda Foundation Healthy Holidays grant and we've also supported their breakfast parcels which they've been supplying to families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We've also made several donations to our local homeless charities, Maninplace and Stay Telford. These donations are of such importance in helping the rehabilitation of homeless people in our community.

Local Brownie and Scout groups, schools, a wildlife charity, a dogs home, three local community centres and churches have all benefited from local donations or through our Green Token Giving scheme. These have provided much-needed funds for their survival.

And we also recently donated puzzle books and cakes to the Shifnal Live At Home scheme which allowed the outreach workers to deliver to the isolated elderly residents of Shifnal, Albrighton.

One of my proudest moments was raising £2,000 for Alzheimer's research by taking part in a sponsored walk with colleagues. I love helping local groups and proud to able to support them. Every cheque I present gives me immense pride.

I look forward to being able to support fundraising for our Tickled Pink initiative and BBC Children In Need once Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

I love volunteering with local Healthy Holiday sessions for local groups and this has meant that costs can be kept down.

My support is greatly appreciated by the local causes I am involved with and I hope that my ideas and helped to make a difference to them.