Community groups across the UK have been coming together to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III thanks to the Asda Foundation.
The Asda Foundation aims to enable local groups to bring people together, celebrate, reduce loneliness, build a sense of belonging in communities and create long lasting memories.
And as part of the coronation celebrations, groups have been invited to apply for funding to help cover the costs of food, refreshments, activities and entertainment.
The Asda Foundation – Asda's charity – is funding more than 100 coronation events across the UK, donating over £36,000 to community centres, groups and residents' associations to help bring thousands of people together over the weekend.
Alexandra Preston, Senior Manager for Asda Foundation, said: "The coronation of His Majesty The King is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together. We’re really proud that through our investment we’ve been able to fund around 100 different activities across the UK, enabling community groups to mark the historic moment."
Members of the lunch club at the Charlotte Toal Centre in Coatbridge are among those celebrating the coronation with the help of our charity and store colleagues.
Ann Binks, community champion at our Coatbridge store, above, who helped to sort out the funding for their afternoon tea party to mark the coronation, said: "It was a privilege to attend. A great day was had by everyone who attended and they all had a lovely afternoon tea followed by a good auld game of bingo!"
Our Leicester store's community champion Debbie Kenney, above, called in to present The Thrummy Drummers dementia social and support group with their grant from the Asda Foundation:
Our Cumbernauld store's community champion Lynne Morrison had a brilliant time at a coronation afternoon tea party put on for the Seniors Wednesday Club at Cumbernauld Royal British Legion.
She said: "What a fantastic afternoon it was. There was a full house and all the seniors had a great time. We had sandwiches, cupcakes and songs from no other than Elvis, the other King. Our store manager Steven came along to present them with an Asda Foundation cheque for £400 and to draw the raffle. The club would like to thank the Foundation for the generous grant and for the support given to them."
Here's our Waterlooville store's community champion Jacqui Benham joinind in with Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association's coronation celebrations. She said: "After helping to set up and serve refreshments, I had a lovely time chatting with the volunteers and parents, and of course playing with the children!"
Michelle Castledine, community champion at our Gosforth store, shared this post of members Blakelaw, Fawdon and Cowgate Community Centre receiving an Asda Foundation cheque for £400 which went towards their coronation tea party. Michelle said: "I also surprised them with a hamper full of coronation goodies to help them celebrate the day and a plaque from the Foundation to say thank you for all the great work they do for their community."
Community champion Sinead Hinch, from our Newark store, paid a visit to Newark Friendship Group who received an Asda Foundation grant of £400 towards their coronation party. Sinead said: "The funding enabled 30 people from the local community to come together to enjoy a morning of socialising, activities and food. We hope everyone had a lovely time!"
Janice Gibson, community champion at our Cookstown store, presented an Asda Foundation cheque for £400 to Newmills Wildlife Gardening Club who are putting on a coronation celebration on May 8. Janice said: "There will be a fancy dress parade and craft activities in the community garden."
Our Toryglen store's community champion Elizabeth Arbuckle has been helping out ay two Big Get Together coronation celebrations. Here she is with Loch Brae Court residents, family and friends:
And here she is with People's Past People's Future who hosted a coronation celebration for 150 people in the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland. She said: "Guests were welcomed with a piper in true Scottish style and a cream tea and Scottish pies were laid on for the guests. Live entertainment, lots of singing and dancing and reminiscing of times past where some remember the Queen's coronation. This small community group is always working hard towards making a difference to the lives of local residents in the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen and surrounding areas ... history in the making."