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Young Asda staff member volunteers at local foodbank

Anthony Kelly.

After seeing all the hard work that goes on at his local food distribution centre and foodbank, a teenager who works at an Asda store in Ashton has now signed up to volunteer. 

Together with the Cavendish Street store's community champion Colette Regan, 17-year-old Anthony Kelly followed the process of two trolleys of food - donated by customers and staff through the supermarket giant's Fight Hunger Create Change initiative - to the Tameside distribution centre and St Matthew's Foodbank in Stalybridge.

Anthony, who's worked part-time at Asda for over a year and also studies Public Services at Tameside College, said: "While walking around our store the foodbank trolley caught my eye so I had a chat with Colette about it. It really interested me and I don't like the thought of people going hungry.

"It is a very big problem and I still don't think many people are really aware of it. I asked Colette how I could go about volunteering so she asked me to go along with her."

Both he and Colette were given a tour of the centres and shown how they operate.

Anthony added: "It was just a great feeling to see what they were doing and I want to be part of it. It's great that we have places like that, but I hope there's a time when people don't need them.

"My friends are supportive of me. At first they said 'why are you doing it if you're not getting anything out of it' but then I explained that I got a lot out of it, like helping other people."

Colette commented: "I'm really proud of Anthony for volunteering to help at the food bank. He really wants to gives something to society. He's a real role model for others."

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