Our Accrington store's community champion June Smith presented a cheque for £7,621 to a local community charity to make its centre more accessible to everyone.

The Asda Foundation grant to Community Solutions North West will pay to connect a recently-fitted lift, as well as the installation of a new evacuation chair.

Community Solutions North West aims to empower local people to meet the needs of the community, promoting interdependence, confidence and self-esteem. Services include befriending schemes, social groups, training, counselling and practical support throughout the community.

Mary Shaw from the charity said: “We are very grateful for the help we’ve received from Asda Accrington. Our work is important and it’s lovely to know that such a large company realizes the importance of local charity work.

“The money will help us to install and connect a new lift and evacuation chair, which means that we can offer more accessible facilities to all our users.”

June helped the group apply for the grant from the Asda Foundation. She said: “We see the Foundation as one of the many ways to give something back to the communities that support us.

“Supporting local applications such as Community Solutions North West is really important to us – and we hope it will make a real difference within the local community in Accrington."

The Asda Foundation is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. It's a registered charity that aims to have a positive impact on local communities, making independent grants to provide support to a range of local good causes, chosen by Asda’s community champions across the country.

It funds charitable projects and activities what have the ability and potential to achieve change for the better – with the aim of making a significant difference to local communities and the people who live there, both now and in the future.