Four-year-old Sofia loves to dress up like her nanny Karen from our Pentwyn store

August 22, 2021

Four-year-old Sofia Duarte – who is autistic – loves to dress up and play shops just like her nanny Karen James who works in the George department of our Pentwyn store in Cardiff.

And when "Nanny Asda", as Sophia calls her, told her manager Lauren David about her grand-daughter's passion for Asda she arranged for Sofia to be given a special T-shirt, name badge and lanyard.

Sixty-three-year-old Karen, who's worked for Asda for 18 years, said: "Sofia is such a happy little girl who just loves playing shops. Every time she comes to mine she plays with the little Asda supermarket that I got her. She looks gorgeous in her uniform and a lot of my friends have seen it and they love it. It was a lovely gesture from Lauren."

Sofia's mum, Sian Woodland, said: "Sofia just loves supermarkets and loves to visit her nanny; Asda is her favourite.

"We were so grateful that the store gave her the name badge, T shirt and name badge too for her to play and she loves them. She wears then when she's playing with her trolley and basket at our house with has her plastic food in and plastic money. She's also got a little ice ice-cream parlour and a mini Asda shop with a till at her nanny's house.

"A lot of children with autism don't like supermarkets, but she loves. On a morning she'll ask to go to Asda and I'll say 'no, we are going to go to the playground today' but she'll say 'I want to got to Asda!', it's so funny."

George and GM trading manager Lauren said: "Karen came to me and mentioned that her grand-daughter Sofia loves Asda and has most of the toys and wondered if I could get her a top to wear. Of course I obliged along with a name badge and lanyard to complete her look! She looks great. We are delighted that she is our number 1 fan."

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