elf teams up with Santa in Southport
ASDA elf and community champion, Sharon
Gregory Wareing, teamed up with Santa to lay on a special Christmas lunch for 80
local elderly people.
Sharon secured a ?1,000 grant from the Asda Foundation to pay for Christmas
dinner for the senior citizens, as well as decorations, gifts and transport to
and from the party for those who needed it.
9 other volunteers joined Sharon to prepare and serve the food, whilst looking
after the guests at Holy Trinity church hall. Throughout the afternoon there was
also a raffle, some carols from pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School and a gift
for each guest.
One of the volunteers was Pauline Morris, who
was presented with an Asda Hidden Hero award and gift hamper to thank her for
all the great work she does in the community; from looking after elderly
neighbours to running the Lord Street In Bloom gardening group, in Southport's Town
Sharon, Asda Southport's community champion, said:- "It was an absolutely
fantastic day; everyone is already asking us to come back next year as they
enjoyed it so much.
I was just really excited that we could help the elderly people in Southport
because sometimes they get overlooked and giving something back means a lot
because otherwise they might be on their own.
Pauline's got time for everyone and if she doesn't have time she finds it from
somewhere. I've worked with her in the community since 2010 and she's the glue
that holds the community together.
If it wasn't for Pauline there wouldn't be a community; she's an absolute
The Hidden Heroes campaign is celebrating the
hard work; that often goes unrecognised; of the volunteers, carers and fellow 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, helping to highlight the
selfless work of hidden heroes locally; and helping to fund Christmas parties
for senior citizens and people who live on their own, to helping local groups
who look after the homeless and vulnerable at Christmas time.