Hunslet volunteers welcome superstore generosity

The volunteer team at Hunslet Methodist church were this week presented with a £200 donation by Leigh Bell-Peirce, the Community Champion at the Middleton Asda superstore.

The team co-run popular weekly coffee mornings – featuring free breakfast, toys and games, access to clothes donations, and more – every Wednesday at their centre on the Telfords in Hunslet, alongside the local foodbank that runs upstairs. Last year saw them undergo a major refurb at their centre, as reported here. They also run special events, including the forthcoming Valentine’s Fair, 10am-12pm on Saturday 11th February. (Not to be confused with the Valentines Funfair at Elland Road..!)

The Methodist team with Jamie from Asda (image: Ed Carlisle)

Pauline O’Riordan, who helps coordinate the group, commented:

“We’re delighted to accept Asda’s generous donation: we’re happy to take help from anyone. And we were also touched to have been nominated for it by the ladies who join us each week. We run a tight ship, so this will cover our food costs for quite some time.”

Asda – part of the international Walmart corporation – have their HQ here in Leeds, run 525 stores across the UK, and made profits of £947m on sales of £23bn in their last financial year. They give out about £1m per year through the Asda Foundation. To apply or nominate a local group or charity for the Foundation scheme at the Middleton store, click here.