You will walk down the aisle!!

Mandy Hamling was due to walk down the aisle for her wedding this month but like so many other events up and down the country she has had to postpone her wedding to fiancé Michael Shire. The wedding has been postponed until June 2021.

Mandy is a supermarket worker in Cardiff and has been working at the Asda store in Leckworth, Cardiff during the pandemic. Her colleagues decided that even though the wedding had been rearranged they didn’t want to let the actual day go by without something happening.

They gave Mandy a veil, an announcement was made over the store’s tannoy system and “Chapel of Love” was played to the shoppers. The staff threw confetti, gave her champagne. A colleague walked Mandy down the “supermarket ” aisle and they presented her with a cake that said “Even though they postponed the date – let’s celebrate”.

A customer presented Mandy with a bunch of flowers. What a really lovely story and nice to know that key workers are keeping their spirits up.

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Banana Chat – meet Lorraine from Asda

Hello, My name is Loraine. I work at The Asda in Shoebury, in Essex. I am part of the community team and spend a lot of time helping local charities on behalf of Asda. I organise in-store events helping charities to raise funds and also get involved within the local community. The Shoebury ASDA has helped Banana Crumble raise funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust by donating prizes for raffles and allowing them to run an in-store tombola event which they did last week. We are also looking forward to helping them by donating other items for their upcoming Banana Crumb-Ball which on this occasion is supporting the local charity The Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association to raise much needed funds.

What is your favourite joke?
Any that my grandson tells me.

What makes you smile?
Family get togethers.

What is your favourite good news story?
People being released from mines.

What inspires you?
Being alive.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Climate Change.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Sight and then to try and help people with no sight to see the world again.

What is your favourite food? 
All haha!!

What is your favourite drink?
Vodka and pepsi

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
A quiet day once a year with no phone, radio etc even just for a few hours.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
They don’t know the real colour of my hair.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
Children as they are our future. Then also The Asda Foundation who are trying to transform communities, improving lives now and in the future.

Who is your favourite music artist?
I love all music.

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most? 
My Dad.

PJ’s or Not? 

Hot or cold? Cold

Cat or dog? Cat

PJ’s or Not? PJs

Blue or pink? Pink

Tea or Coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or half full? Half full

Night out or night in? Night in

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake? Biccies

Wine or beer? Wine

Football or rugby? Football

Cinema or theatre? Theatre

Gym or TV? TV

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Pudding

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Love Island

Finally, apple or banana? Banana

Banana Crumble would like to say a special thank you to Asda for helping us with our events over the past few years and we are looking forward to working with them going forward.

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Asda – more than a supermarket

Asda have been a great help to us here at Banana Crumble. For our launch night they donated raffle prizes including a huge bunch of bananas and are once again supporting us when we run our Banana Crumb-Ball in October. We are very grateful to them and the team that have helped us raise lots of money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Last Sunday Asda had given us the opportunity to run a table at their Shoeburyness Store where we could organise  a Tombola. They had helped by donating lots of prizes which got us off to a great start. With other donations we managed to get 50 prizes and had a full looking table at the start. We had absolutely no idea how this would go and after a few minutes when no one had bought any tickets we were joking about the fact we would probably have to take home all of the prizes at the end of a day.  We were absolute amazed by the fantastic support we received from the people in Shoebury and at the end of the day we raised £188.70. A fantastic achievement and yet another amount we can be proud of.

We had several highlights during the day. Firstly a huge thank you to all our friends that came and supported then also to the two children who literally made our day. One young lad won a bubble making machine that had been donated by Asda. The smile and excitement that went with that prize certainly made the whole day worth while just to have made someone so happy. The next one, almost as happy was one lad who wanted to put his pocket money in the donation box. We said why don’t you buy a ticket. He did and won a big box of chocolates. Another huge smile. People just stopped and chatted which was really nice and it was amazing just how many people had been directly affected by Cystic Fibrosis or knew someone that had been diagnosed with it. The time absolutely flew by and tickets sold quickly. We actually ran out of prizes and tickets before the shop closed but were really pleased with how the day had gone.

A huge thank you to Asda for all of their support and to let them know that their help is really appreciated. We are looking forward to your continued support for our Ball in October and also when we are planning to run another Tombola before Christmas.

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