Asda steps in to help groups out

Local MSP, Jackson Carlaw presents members of Whitecraigs Rugby Club with a cheque on behalf of the Asda Foundation. pictured with Claire Rennie (Asda).
Local MSP, Jackson Carlaw presents members of Whitecraigs Rugby Club with a cheque on behalf of the Asda Foundation. pictured with Claire Rennie (Asda).

A local MSP has praised Asda Newton Mearns after six local charities receive grants totalling more than £4,500 from the Asda Foundation.

MSP Jackson Carlaw was at the Ayr Road store to help present the Whitecraigs Rugby Club with their £850 share of the Asda Foundation donation.

The rugby club helps develop the skills of members from as young as five and are planning on investing in new gym equipment, as well as some additional safety equipment.

The Newton Mearns store also teamed with Asda Barrhead to secure £1,850 for Arthurlie Juniors Youth Football Academy, who support children from across East Renfrewshire.

The academy will be using their grant to buy new equipment that will help provide a fun and healthy environment for its members.

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands has gained £1,000 from the Foundation. The organisation plans to use the money to develop their therapy work and invest in some new equipment also.

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands provide a safe and supportive environment for people living with dementia, those dealing with grief, and other isolated or disadvantaged members of the local community.

Asda’s Chosen By You, Given By Us campaign allows customers to decide which local causes deserve funding boosts, using proceeds from the 5p carrier bag charge.

Newton Mearns customers selected East Renfrewshire Back To School Bank, along with St Cadock’s Youth Club and Clarkston Guides, who all received £200 each.

Claire Rennie, community champion at Asda Newton Mearns, said: “We are very proud to have helped all of these charities and groups secure this grant from the Foundation, they are all so deserving and the money will be used to benefit so many people in the area.”

Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw, added: “Corporate Social Responsibility can often just be a buzzword yet Asda really is supporting local causes across East Renfrewshire.

“These donations will be a huge assistance to local charities for which every penny matters – well done Asda!”

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation manager, said: “At Asda, we are committed to making the communities around our stores better places to live and work.”