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Clacton store colleagues join Soup Run volunteers to offer food and support

March 13, 2019
Asda Clacton-on-Sea

Colleagues from our Clacton-on-Sea store have been joining the amazing volunteers at a project run by local churches which provides food and support for homeless and vulnerable people.

The store's community champion Amy Openshaw and George colleague Laura Floyd helped the Soup Run team serve hot food and offer a friendly chat on a freezing cold evening in one of the churches' car parks.

Amy said: "The work these volunteers do is amazing, giving up their own free time to help local people who are struggling. They're outside in all weathers doing whatever they can to help.

"It's not just about giving people food, it's about having a chat, getting to know them and trying to put smiles on their faces.

"I love being able to help the volunteers and giving something back to the community."

Volunteer Alix McCarthy said: "It's great to have Asda colleagues supporting us – the more volunteers the better.

"Soup Run is a social outreach project run by churches across Clacton which provides food, support and showering facilities for local people. They may be homeless, vulnerable or struggling financially – we don't turn anyone away.

"On weekday evenings we serve sandwiches and warm drinks to people from the church car parks and also try and find time to chat to them and find out how we can help them."