Shoppers help pick charities to receive support from Asda colleagues
Three charities from Weymouth will be picking up a donation from colleagues at the Asda store on Newstead Road this week as part of the retailer’s Community Life campaign.
Over the past two months shoppers have been asked to vote for which of the three community groups they believe should receive the most support from the store.
Southill Play Park (SPARK) received the most votes and will be given £200 while Weymouth Old Town Hall and Portland Rowing Club will each receive £50.
A campaign to improve the park was started by Weymouth mums, Helen Lainsbury and Sarah Polkinghorne, who wanted to see better facilities for children in the area. The park is now part of the Southill Preservation Society and the money will be used towards the regeneration of the popular play area.
Sandy West, Community Life champion, said,
“Our Community Life initiative is about getting under the skin of the area and supporting charities, organisations and projects that matter most to the people living here.
“By allowing customers to vote for the charities they want to see receive support from our store, we’re ensuring funds are given to organisations which make a difference to the community.
“Shoppers obviously felt Southill Play Park was a worthy cause and in need of the funds, so it’s good to know the money is going to something the local community feels passionately about.”
Helen Lainsbury added:
“It’s been lovely to see such a positive response to our cause and we’re so grateful for all the Asda customers who have supported us. The council were unable to help with funds so we took on the challenge of raising the funds ourselves.
“The donation form Asda will be a step in the right direction in helping to improve the area.”
The next set of voting has already begun in store and shoppers are asked to choose between the Asperger Society, Dorset Blind Association and Rodwell Pre-School over the coming months.