There were smiles all round as colleagues at our Taunton store helped arrange festive fun including music, games and fish and chips for a group of senior citizens.

The store's community champion Mary Ulrico secured funding from the Asda Foundation to help pay for the Christmas party at All Saints Church, where she was helped by colleages including store manager Mike Jarrett and in-store chaplains David Fayle and Shaun Keating.

They arranged a fish and chip dinner in conjunction with local takeaway The Sea Bass, as well as bingo, games, and a merry sing along.

Members of the community were invited along to catch up with friends, family, and others in the community. The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sanke, and her consort, Adrian Prior-Sankey, also joined in the festivities.

Mike said the aim of the day was to celebrate the hard work of the volunteers and carers who dedicate their own time and efforts to helping other people.

He said:This Christmas, as part of Asda’s mission to reward those who have gone above and beyond, the Asda Foundation is investing thousands of pounds to reward the year-round work of local heroes in the community who help improve the lives of others in their local area.

“We see the Foundation as one of the many ways to give something back to the communities that support us. That’s why we lend a hand to the wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.”

Mary, pictured her with Mike and some of the guests at the party, added: “It’s a privilege to be able to bring some Christmas joy to the people in our community who deserve it most at this special time of the year. We had so much fun playing bingo, singing festive songs, and the fish and chips were absolutely delicious!"