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£8,000 Asda Foundation grant helps local charity support people without internet access

February 11, 2019
Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire received a cheque for £8,000 from the Asda Foundation

Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire has received a donation of more than £8,000 from the Asda Foundation to help it provide facilities for people who don't have access to the internet.

The charity provides free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues such as money, benefits, housing and employment and has its Boston base at the Municipal Buildings in West Street.

With the growing role played by the internet in day-to-day life, the charity wants to set up a 'computer access point' for visitors who are put at a disadvantage by not being able to get online – and will use the Asda Foundation funding of £8,093.91 to provide computers, iPads, keyboards and computer accessories.

The charity's application was supported by store colleagues at Asda Boston. Stephen Bromby, the store's community champion, said: "With many schemes demanding more online access than ever, there are people across Boston who haven't got the facilities or skills to access essential forms.

"The computer access point will make a great difference to the individuals who require extra support.

"Supporting local applications from charities like Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire is really important to us – and we hope it will make a real difference to the local community in Boston."

Kingsley Taylor, chief executive at Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire, said: "The public access computers that the Asda Foundation has provided will be invaluable in helping our clients with their diverse needs.

"As the locations of public access computers has diminished, we're delighted that with Asda's help we can provide this free service to Boston's clients."

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation is a registered charity that aims to have a positive impact on local communities. It makes independent grants to provide support to a range of local good causes, chosen by Asda's community champions throughout the UK. To find out more about the Asda Foundation, including eligibility for submitting a funding application, go to https://www.asdafoundation.org/