Diane Springthorpe has been making a difference to the local area in her role as our Colne store's Asda community champion for the last nine years – and now she's received an award from the Mayor of Pendle to recognise the contribution she's made.

Diane has helped countless local groups, charities, schools and organisations with funding, support and advice during her time in the role, and she was presented with the 'We Made A Difference' award by Mayor James Starkie.

The invitation from the Mayor said: "Over the years we have met lots of people who have selflessly given their time to others. Some have gone the 'extra mile' and, in our opinion, they have 'made a difference' for Pendle. I am delighted to say that we consider you to be one of those people!"

Diane, who was joined by proud store manager Lee Anson for the ceremony at Nelson Town Hall, said: "I was just blown away. I'm still lost for words really – I don't like blowing my own trumpet!"

Lee said: "It was a marvellous night. As we listened to the stories of individuals and groups who've done great things for Colne, so many of them mentioned Diane and it was amazing to hear how she's inspired so many people. She's a credit to Asda."

Diane regularly volunteers with local causes like the Salvation Army, and recently joined volunteers from Treasure Our Town for a litter pick:

She's also organised store tours for children from local schools to find out more about how a busy store works – like these youngsters from Primet Primary School:

As well as this she's helped countless local organisations with Asda Foundation funding and always supports in-store fundraising events like our Tickled Pink campaign – here she is with our Burnley store's community champion Annette McGowan Doe: