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Author: Asda Elves
Published on 14 December 2015 11:00 AM

Asda Westwood has deployed a team of elves, led by Community Life Champion, Noeleen McMahon to make the festive season extra special for a community group in the area.

The Asda Foundation is investing thousands of pounds into local communities this Christmas, working with a team of Asda elves whose mission it is to surprise, delight and bring some fun to communities… #becauseitschristmas.

Noeleen and the team of Asda elves surprised over 40 members of St Agnes Senior Tea Group with a Christmas dinner, music and a special appearance by Santa at the Whitefort, Andersonstown.

Community Life Champion, Noeleen McMahon said, “It’s incredible to give some Christmas joy to the people in our community that deserve some special festive cheer. The St Agnes Senior Tea Group meets two days a week on a Monday and Wednesday and aims to combat isolation and loneliness in older people in the local community – it is a real life line to its members. I’m delighted that because of the Asda Foundation many of the group members who may have spent Christmas alone will get to enjoy a proper Christmas dinner and most importantly company – it means so much at this time of the year.”

The Christmas dinner for St Agnes Senior Tea Group also forms part of the Asda’s support of BBC NI and Age NI’s ‘Playing Our Part’ campaign, which encourages everyone to do a little extra something to help a make a difference to the lives of older people in Northern Ireland this Christmas.

Colette McCann, Volunteer St Agnes Senior Tea Group said, “Quite a lot of our members have little or no family and Christmas can be such a lonely time of year. The Christmas party at Whitefort is so important, as this for some will be their only day out over the festive season. This is their Christmas Day. We are incredibly grateful to Asda Westwood and of course the Community Life Champions from the Westwood, Shore Road and Living stores – Noeleen, Laura and Alison for their kindness, help and support in organising this event. Everyone has had such a brilliant day!”

Asda’s special Christmas helpers will travel around the country spreading Christmas joy and creating some very special community surprises along the way.

Trustees of the Asda Foundation said, “Unfortunately there are people out there who won’t be having a perfect Christmas for one reason or another, so we’re pleased to be able to sprinkle a little festive magic and give something back to our local communities at a time when they will need it the most.”

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation aims to have a positive impact on local communities, by providing support to a range of local good causes, chosen by Asda community life colleagues across the UK.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575