Shoppers at Asda Walmart in North Swindon have voted for Swindon Stroke Club to receive £200 from the Community Life Fund which operates in all stores, and there are opportunities for more groups to benefit.
Shoppers are able to choose from one of three community causes by depositing tokens in a plastic container by the store entrance. Every two months the one with the most receives £200 and the two runners up get £50 each.
Members of the Stroke Club were over the moon to be invited before Christmas to receive a cheque which has been put towards transport for people without a way for getting to weekly meetings at the Methodist Church Hall, Ermin Street in Stratton St Margaret. The group, which has been running for 32 years, has seventy members with around forty regularly attending meetings.
Treasurer Lin Hancock said the group is grateful to Asda shoppers for supporting them. “It costs a lot each year to pay for members’ transport. We have terrific volunteers working with members and it’s wonderful to see the smiles amongst members after an event or an outing.”
Angie Jarmey said she joined the club two years ago. “I was miserable with my disability and was turning in on myself. You wouldn’t believe the change I’ve been through since I started attending meetings. The helpers, organisers and other members provide super support. It’s a lovely group.”
Asda Walmart community life champion Yvonne Bidwell said she would like to hear from more groups who would like to raise money via the token voting scheme. Contact her on 0791 717679 for details or pick up a leaflet at the Community Life display at the entrance to the store.
Application forms are also available at the stand close to the entrance to Asda at West Swindon Centre.
Pictured: Pleased to receive the ASDA cash, from left, Angie Jarme, Barbara Rawle, Lin Hancock, Ivor Hancock, community life champion Yvonne Bidwell and manager Martin Webb.