Happy Easter from everyone at Asda!
Our community champions have been out and about supporting local schools, groups and good causes in the run-up to Easter.
Colleen Heaney from our Omagh store invited children from Holy Family Primary School in for an Easter-themed tour. The youngsters found out about how the bakery works and were given Easter eggs to enjoy during the school holidays. Colleen also delivered 40 Easter eggs to pupils at Drumlish Primary School and Puddle Ducks Pre-School for pupils.
Amy Openshaw, the community champion at our Clacton-on-Sea store, helped at an Easter egg hunt for the under-two baby group at Sydney House. She said: "I had a lovely time helping out! Asda Clacton donated the Easter eggs and I went along and helped by hiding the eggs for a hunt and calling the raffle. The children and parents all had a great time."
There were lots of smiles when our Westbrook store's community champion Cathy Robinson helped children make Easter bonnets at a local library.
The Friends of Penketh Library group promotes and supports this library and others in the Warrington area, and Cathy regularly volunteers with them. She brought along some goodies to help them with their bonnets.
Thank you to all the generous customers at our Newport Pillgwnlly store who donated Easter eggs for the Royal Gwent Hospital – and the footballers from Newport County who helped deliver them!
The store's community champion Elizabeth Burden said: "Four trolleys of eggs were collected at Asda Pillgwenlly for the Royal Gwent Hospital. What better way to get them up there than push them, so we got a few professional footballers in to do it – the stars from Newport County. Many many thanks to the colleagues and customers who donated so generously."
Rachel and Rhiannon from our Gosport store joined in the fun at Leesland School's Easter fundraiser, and also helped them raise more than £1,000 towards updating their swimming pool.
Pupils played games and met the Easter bunny while tucking into hot cross buns donated by the store. Rachel, who's the store's community champion, said: "There was so much excitement – we helped out with the raffle and tombola. Thanks also to the Gosportarians for arranging for the Easter bunny to come along."
Children at Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School & HEART Teaching School Alliance had a great time when our Bolton and Horwich stores' community champions Christine Baldwin and Sarah Taylor popped into their classroom to show them how to make hot cross buns.
The pupils also took part in a fun quiz where they found out how bread is made and which countries make different types of bread. Sarah said: "Everyone had a great time! The children loved the activity and the teachers were impressed with everything they made."
Our Pwllheli store's community champion Jo Scott helped out with lots of Easter-themed events – including joining in a fundraising raffle at local school Ysgol Foel Gron Carly:
Lisa Kelly from our South Woodham Ferrers store had a tricky task – she had to pick the best of these fab Easter bonnets made by pupils at St Mary's Church of England Primary School:
A big thank you to everyone at our Southport store who donated more than 200 Easter eggs to Sefton Childrens Trust.
The store's community champion Sharon Gregory-Wareing set up the donation point, and volunteers from the trust were delighted when they saw how generous customers and colleagues had been:
Our Waterlooville store's community champion Jacqui Benham joined in the fun at The Elizabeth Foundation for Deaf Children's Easter party, and joined the Easter bunny to judge the bonnet making competition:
Customers and colleagues at our Aberdare store donated Easter eggs to patients at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr – and community champion Julie Cook popped in to pass these on to the team who will be giving them out to patients:
Our Sutton in Ashfield store also held an Easter egg collection, with all donations going to Fountaindale School. Here's community champion Hayley Carrington with teacher Hannah:
And our Totton store's community champion Julie Motherwell joined the Easter bunny to hand a donation of Easter Eggs to teachers at Forest Park School: