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Community group gets £4,000 Asda surprise grant at its Christmas party

December 08, 2017 12:43 PM

Community group gets £4,000 Asda surprise grant at its Christmas party

Our Donnington Wood store's community champion June Walker arranged a special surprise for a group supporting adults with learning disabilities – handing over a £4,000 donation from the Asda Foundation at their Christmas party.

The My Options group organises activities and life skills training for hundreds of adults, and Amy Glenholmes from Telford and Wrekin Council, which runs the group, said Asda's support makes a big difference.

She said: "I was gobsmacked, amazed, shocked and overwhelmed when I received the cheque! It will make a big difference to us.

"June's helped out out for two years on a monthly basis, offering heathy food tasting sessions to some of our service users. Her support is amazing, and both Asda and ourselves are lucky to have her!"

June nominated the group to receive the surprise grant, and the money will enable people to take part in more social activities and give more opportunities to learn vital life skills.

She volunteers with the group every month, introducing them to various healthy eating ideas, and helped out at the party for more than 200 people before presenting the cheque.

June said: "It was a very emotional and really humbling evening. The group were so happy – they said they'd never received anything like this ever before."

She was joined at the event by Asda Donnington Wood's general store manager John Perry, who added: "To say I'm proud doesn't really give justice to how I felt this afternoon. Being able to support June in all the amazing work she does in our local community felt more like an honour and a privilege."