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Ashton supermarket helps to support local charities

Manhar Taylor receives the £200 cheque from the Asda community funds.

Asda’s Ashton store has awarded community groups with £900 of funding from the Asda Foundation.

Following an online token vote, three local community groups are celebrating after receiving a share of the £900.

Recipients are awarded funds based on customers voting online, with the charity receiving the most votes being presented with £500 and the runners-up  receiving £200.

Shree Bharatiya Mandal Tameside (SBM) (Indian Community Centre) were named one of the runners-up, with the £200 allowing the charity to continue their work strengthening ties within the local community as well as purchasing food and household essentials for their food bank.

Tameside Canal Boat Trust received the most votes and received the £500 donation. The money will allow the charity to continue their charity work providing boat trips to those at a physical or mental disadvantage to help their mental well-being and prevent social exclusion.

Lindley Educational Trust also received £200 to help the charity to deliver 120 activity days for young people. The sessions will help their mental health which has suffered for many during the past year.

Asda Ashton Community Champion Colette Regan said: “We are really proud to be able to continually support local charity groups in our area through our green token giving. We are delighted that customers have nominated three good causes that will now benefit from a vital funding boost.”

Voting is already open for the next set of local Community Groups these include: Lyndhurst Community Primary School PTFA, The Anthony Seddon Fund and Reuben’s Retreat.

To nominate a local charity or good cause for future Green Token Giving votes visit http://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply and fill in a Nominate a Cause Form.

Manhar Taylor, a Trustee at SBM, added: “Asda have assisted us in the past with food bank donations whereby we have been able help Grey Stone, Town Station, Sandwich Angels of Hyde, the Church of Nazarene in Ashton and others. Last year we received financial donations from Tameside Rotary which helped us provide goody bags at Christmas to the elderly and vulnerable whom we provide meals on wheels three times a week.”

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