Lowestoft’s Asda store has £5,000 to hand out to good causes

Lowestoft Asda has £5,000 in its charity account to give away. It is asking people to apply for donations of up to £250. 
Bev Shipp with a giant Cheque. Lowestoft Asda has £5,000 in its charity account to give away. It is asking people to apply for donations of up to £250. Bev Shipp with a giant Cheque.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
3:22 PM

We want to give you some money!

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That is the message from a Lowestoft supermarket which is inviting good causes to apply for grants of up to £250.

The Asda store at Horn Hill plans to distribute up to £5,000 to local community groups, charities and voluntary organisations.

It has £5,000 to give away and is offering a maximum £250 to successful applicants.

The funds were raised during the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, when the store charged visitors to use its car park.

Bev Shipp, community life champion at Asda, said “We’re inviting people to write in and tell us how they would make use of a £250 donation and the difference it would make to them.

“The only guideline is that applicants need to be a registered charity or organisation and run on a not-for-profit basis.

“That could include local schools, voluntary groups, scouts or community organisations.

“We’re just really looking forward to giving a helping hand to those that need it.”

Ms Shipp said the company’s Chosen by You, Given by Us promotion, where customers use green tokens to vote for good causes to receive a donation from Asda, would be unaffected while this one-off grant is made available.

“We’ve been lucky that we are in a position to donate back the funds from the car park raised during the airshow,” she said.

Ms Shipp also encouraged local good causes to put themselves forward to benefit from the Chosen by You, Given by Us scheme, which shares £300 between three different charities every two months.

She added: “We’re still asking people to put nomination forms in. They don’t have to be a registered charity to go on to the green token system.

“It could be something like a memorial bench. It just has to be a good cause and genuine.”

To apply for a £250 grant, contact Ms Shipp on 01502 534200 ext 222 or e-mail Community_Lowestoft@asda.co.uk explaining how you would use the money.

To nominate a good cause for the Chosen by You, Given by Use scheme, visit storelocator.asda.com/store/lowestoft

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