Therapy group will put money to good use

Asda staff pictured with Isobel Dawson receiving the cheque for �1,000.
Asda staff pictured with Isobel Dawson receiving the cheque for �1,000.

A local charity in Newton Mearns has received a generous donation of £1,000 from the Asda Foundation, which will be used to develop their therapy work.

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands has been working for the past three years to 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.

As well as providing a safe environment for their clients who live with dementia, their art therapy and lunch club has been held every Thursday at Mearns Kirk Hall for three years and helps support 20 regulars.

The donation will allow the group to buy a new massage chair and privacy screens to develop the relaxation therapy work they do, as well as new art materials and lighting.

The application to the Foundation by Mearns Kirk Helping Hands was supported by Claire Rennie, the community champion at the Asda store in Newton Mearns, who has been working with the charity recently and recognised its key role in the community.

Claire said: “We are very proud to have helped Mearns Kirk Helping Hands secure this grant from the Foundation which will help develop their service in Newton Mearns. The work they do for elderly people in the area is an inspiration to our Asda colleagues, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Isobel Dawson, from the group said: “The members of our lunch club are always delighted to welcome the staff from our local Asda store, and we were so grateful when we were chosen to receive this donation.

Our Art Therapy sessions develop and reawaken skills in people with dementia which gives our members a wonderful sense of achievement and fulfilment. Not only will this money go to providing new equipment but it is also a brilliant start to our fundraising campaign for a new mini bus.”

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

“ One of the ways we do this is through the Foundation, and each project we support is nominated by our colleagues or customers. For us, sharing their passion is the ideal way to give something back to the local communities that support us.

“Supporting local projects like Mearns Kirk Helping Hands is really important to us, and we hope it will make a real difference to the Newton Mearns community.”

To find out more about the Asda Foundation, or eligibility for submitting a funding application, please contact the Community Champion at your local Asda store, or go to: www.charities.asda.com/asda-foundation/.