Children from Maghera Community Link in Cookstown will be tucking into healthy breakfasts and snacks this summer thanks to a £1,000 donation from the Asda Foundation.

The group, which was set-up in 2014 to promote better cross-community relations in the local area, provides a comfortable, safe location where individuals and families can come together and socialise.

Throughout this month and next, a range of activities and classes aimed at young people will be on offer – including a summer scheme which caters for up to 80 primary school children.

Heather Boyd, group leader at Maghera Community Link, said the money would be used to supply each child with a healthy breakfast and snacks.

She said: “We are so grateful to Asda Cookstown for this generous donation. As a direct result of the funding boost, we are able to provide healthy food and snacks for all of the children who attend our summer schemes – something we would otherwise struggle to afford.

“A big thank you to Asda for supporting the local community and continuing to invest in our young people.”

Our Cookstown store's community champion Janice Gibson said: “An important part of my role is being out and about in the community, so I am privileged to be able to support the Maghera Community Link’s youth work in this way.

“We understand families can find it difficult to entertain children over the school holiday period, and sometimes find the increased cost of catering for their children a challenge – so I am proud to be able to ease the pressure this year through the Healthy Holiday fund.”

The Healthy Holiday fund forms part of our three-year Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme, working in partnership with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, investing over £20million to create long-term positive change to poverty in the UK.