Christmas comes early for MindWise

MindWise ASDA

MindWise ASDA

Asda Foundation grant is a real cracker!

As part of Asda’s Christmas Community campaign, Asda Shore Road’s Community Champion, Karen Hynes, presented a £2,000 cheque from the Asda Foundation to help MindWise increase the level of service it currently offers to local people in North Belfast.

“The donation came as a complete surprise!” explained Karen Crothers, Operations Manager, MindWise.

“I was lost for words, which rarely happens – it is just phenomenal!

“Fundraising for mental health can be challenging at times and the donation from the Asda Foundation really does mean the world to us.”

Karen continued, “The money will enable us to up weight the level of services we can offer to people in the local community. This will include reenergising the centre and refurbishing the kitchen, into what will be affectionately known as our ‘Happiness Café’. Helping people socialise is such an important part of the work we do and having a space for this in the centre will be invaluable. The donation will also allow us to provide health promotion advice, with the potential to invite external trainers to the centre.”

Asda Shore Road Community Champion, Karen, added: “I met Karen and the team recently and was bowled over by the work they do in the community – the whole team is such an inspiration!

“I was delighted to present the cheque from the Asda Foundation today as I have seen first -hand the work MindWise does and I know it will make such a difference to its fundraising goals. I love working in the community and helping local people, so I’m really looking forward to continuing our work with Mindwise in 2018.”

Asda’s Christmas community campaign is celebrating the hard work, which often goes unrecognised, of volunteers, carers and Asda colleagues who dedicate their own time and efforts to helping other people.

Supported by grants from the Asda Foundation, its aim is to help spread festive cheer in local communities throughout December for those who may need a little extra support this Christmas time.

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation is a registered charity that aims to have a positive impact on local communities, making independent grants to provide support to a range of local good causes, chosen by Asda’s community life colleagues throughout the UK.

It funds charitable projects and activities that have the ability and potential to achieve change for the better – with the aim of making a significant difference to local communities and the people who live there, both now and in the future.


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