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The close friends at Asda Wolverhampton who've become Suresh's adopted work mums

March 29, 2019 02:48 PM

When Suresh Kumari's mum died two years ago her friends at our Wolverhampton store rallied round to help – and now she says they're as close as a family, calling them her adopted "Asda mums".

Suresh, who's on the right in the picture above, says Manjit Konner, Bali Balberio and Gurpreet Kainth have all become really dear friends for the way they helped after her mum Balbir died.

She said: "I treat them as my Asda mums, and after I lost my mum we all became even closer. We have lots of laughs together ... they're everything to me."

Suresh, who's 40, also works with three of her sisters at the store.

She started working at the store in 1999 before moving to Asda Slough when she got married, and then returning to Wolverhampton in 2004.

Suresh said: "I got to know Manjit, Bali and Gurpreet and we quickly became close friends. They've helped me so much.

"They're always there for me, listening and helping. It could just be something simple like asking how I am and if there's anything they can do for me.

"We regularly go out and socialise together and I'm so grateful for all their love and support."

Manjit said: "We are like a family. When Suresh's mum passed away it was a hard time, but we stood by her, just like we stand by anyone in the store who needs us."

Personnel clerk Nicky Smith said: "I've worked here since 2002, I know all of these ladies well and it's great to see how close they are as friends.

"They all tend to work the same shifts which means they see each other all the time and support each other in any way they can."

The store's community champion Maureen Higginson said: "It's such a lovely store to be part of. I've been to colleagues' weddings, I've been to christenings, we're a big extended family – it's just lovely."