A local charity in Bolton receives a generous donation of £10,000 from the Asda Foundation.

A local charity in Bolton has received a generous donation of £10,000 from the Asda Foundation.

Urban Outreach is an innovative charity which helps find solutions to difficult and intractable social problems.

Founded by Dave and Chris Bagley in 1990, the charity began by providing short term care for troubled young people. It then responded to the street homeless concern in Bolton in the late 1990s by launching an overnight winter cafe called Winter Watch, providing hot food and shelter.

The charity later expanded to support men leaving prison, children missing from home and then female offenders. In more recent years, the charity has developed its work in health and complex needs, troubled families and food poverty.

The application to the Asda Foundation by Urban Outreach was supported by store colleagues at the Asda store at Moss Bank Way in Bolton.

The money donated by the Asda Foundation will go towards providing packed lunches for children during the half terms.

A spokesperson for Urban Outreach, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be receiving this donation from the Asda Foundation.
Children receive free school meals in term but not during holidays so this money will go such a long way in helping the young children of Bolton. “It’s difficult to put into words just how beneficial it is for the wider benefit of the whole community to work with and be supported by local businesses such as Asda.”

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation is 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 life colleagues throughout the UK.

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.

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation senior manager, said: “We see the Foundation as one of the many ways to give something back to the communities that support us. That’s why we lend a hand to the wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.

“Supporting smaller, local applications such as Urban Outreach is really important to us – and we hope it will make a real difference within the local community in Bolton.”

To find out more about the Asda Foundation, or eligibility for submitting a funding application, please contact the Community Life Champion at your local Asda store, or go to: http://charities.asda.com/asda-foundation/

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