Our amazing colleague Ally Berry, who was born with no fingers, is a real inspiration to everyone at our Irvine store – and now he’s done it again by becoming champion golfer at his local club.
The 27-year-old customer service section leader – who uses a special golf attachment invented by his dad – took the honours in the week-long Irvine Ravenspark Championship Trophy tournament.
But modest Ally – who has worked at the store for ten years since leaving college – takes everything in his stride. He said: "I don't see things as a problem. I look for solutions. If there are things I can't do, I just think what can I do to be able to overcome it. The only one thing I can't really do is tie my shoelaces!"
His advice to others was to "exhaust every option" and "never give up".
Ally first started working in the Irvine store part-time before completing an apprenticeship which he passed with flying colours. He was promoted to section leader in customer service last year.
He said: "It is a real family here at Asda. It's a family away from your own family. Everyone here is brilliant. Colleagues and customers are all so friendly."
Since winning the golf tournament and featuring in the news customers and colleagues have been coming up to say "well done".
Ally started playing golf 13 years ago and won the Disabled British Open in 2012. He said: "I used to play football, but I got injured and couldn't play for three months. I got bored and took up golf."
He said his engineer dad, Eddie, came up with a design for a prosthetic attachment which he uses for golf. It has been refined over the years, his current one being made from carbon fibre. He also uses an attachment at home for cutlery – but that's it.
People manager Wendy Moore said the store was so proud of Ally and he was extremely popular with colleagues and customers alike.
She said: "Ally is an inspiration to everyone here. He never expects any preferential treatment. He never lets the that fact that he has got no hands get in the way of everyday life.
"It does not restrict him in his day job at all. He doesn't look at himself as being disabled. He just does the same as anyone else and that is testament to the upbringing of his parents.
"He has a great rapport with his colleagues and a great sense of humour. Some of the check-out colleagues are a little bit older and they all love Ally. He is breath of fresh air.
"There is no obstacle for Ally. There's nothing he cannot do ... he even makes up the change bags for checkouts on a morning. He is remarkable.
"When he became section leader he had a new uniform where the sleeves were too long so I took them to a local dressmaker to have them shortened. When I said what I wanted doing they knew exactly who for. Everyone knows Ally."
His proud dad Eddie, himself a golfer, said: "Because Ally was born with no fingers he has known no different. What he does just comes naturally to him.
"With his being at front-end at Asda he meets everyone and talks to everyone. They all know him.
"We are very, very proud of him. They say Jose Mourinho is the special one – but there is only one special one and that is Ally."