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Kind shoppers raise £42k

Asda Glasshoughton have raised more than �42k over the last 12 months for a variety of local charities. 
Pictured are some of the fundraising team.
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Asda Glasshoughton have raised more than �42k over the last 12 months for a variety of local charities. Pictured are some of the fundraising team. p303a401

Generous shoppers in Glass Houghton dug deep to raise more than £42,000 for local charities last year.

Customers at the Asda supermarket on Leeds Road raised a total of £42,782 for charities across the Five Towns by supporting sponsored bag packs and other events during the year.

Louise Brown, community life colleague at the store, said: “It’s an absolutely fantastic total. We never thought we would raise as much as we have.

“We were hoping for around £20,000 but it just goes to show how generous everyone has been.”

Staff and customers at the Glass Houghton store raised more than £14,000 for this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance visited the store in September after customers raised more than £3,000 for the charity following the M62 minibus crash which killed former Featherstone St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School student Bethany Jones and left 20 other women injured.

Ms Brown added: “The community work has been going on for a while but this is the first year I have done it.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount that’s been raised and everyone at the store is very pleased with it too.”

Thousands of pounds were also raised for Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign.

Staff took part in a sponsored bike ride on an exercise bike and held fancy dress days for the charity.

Members of Lock Lane ARLFC also raised more than £2,000 through a sponsored bag pack at the store.

Ms Brown said: “We would just like to thank all our customers, staff and everyone who has helped towards the total.”

The store also gave away more than £1,800 to charities nominated for its golden token scheme which sees shoppers drop in a coin into a charity of their choice in a special box in the the store’s foyer.

Ms Brown added: “The hard work doesn’t stop here, we hope to raise even more next year.”

If you would like to nominate a charity, sports club or other cause for Asda’s golden coin scheme, or hold a bag pack at the store, contact Ms Brown on 01977 788900.

 

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