A community group providing vital services for young and old alike near our Toryglen store has received a £26,000 grant from the Asda Foundation to pay for a new cafe and kitchen.
Our Toryglen store's community champion Elizabeth Arbuckle works closely with volunteers at the Healthy n Happy community development group, which runs everything from mother and toddler groups to exercise classes for elderly people, and was on hand with store manager Fraser Stevenson to present the cheque.
She said: "I'm local to the area and know exactly how much this money means to Healthy n Happy. It's absolutely fantastic that these new facilities, which will be there for many years for the community to use, have been funded by the Asda Foundation.
"This group are involved in so much community activity – so many great groups are under their umbrella."
The group's enterprise manager Susan Miller said: "The grant is amazing news – we were absolutely delighted to hear that it had been approved.
"We haven't got a proper cafe and kitchen area so it's going to make a massive difference, and we're hoping the cafe will become a focal area for all the groups we work with.
"We help all sorts of local groups from families with young children to elderly people's exercise classes, skills training, youth groups and mental health awareness – everything to try and ensure people in our local area are healthy and happy. We also host a community radio station, CamGlen Radio.
"Elizabeth has been great in championing our cause. She's fantastic to work with and we're really grateful to her and the Asda Foundation."
Construction is already underway for the new cafe and kitchen and the group hope it will be open in May.