Festive appeal is launched in store

Mike McNamara and Joanne Tweddle from Asda with MP Iain Wright at the launch of this year's Christmas appeal in store

Mike McNamara and Joanne Tweddle from Asda with MP Iain Wright at the launch of this year's Christmas appeal in store

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A SUPERMARKET’S festive appeal supporting a number of local charities has got the backing of Hartlepool’s MP.

Shoppers at Asda, in Marina Way, are being urged to help hard-hit families stay warm this winter by donating hats, gloves, scarves and other seasonal clothing.

And kind-hearted residents can help to feed those less fortunate than themselves and give them a reason to smile this Christmas by also donating food and gifts.

The supermarket organises the appeal every year, and staff were delighted to welcome Hartlepool MP Iain Wright into the store for this year’s launch.

Now they are hoping their generous customers play their part.

Sarah Athey, selling champion in the store, said: “Last year the Christmas appeal was fantastic and we had a great response.

“This year we are doing it slightly differently as we are asking our customers to donate any clothing items they have, to help people who aren’t as fortunate warm this winter.

“Hats, gloves, scarves will make a huge difference to the lives of some people.

“We are also asking for food and gifts. Every single donation will make a huge difference, and all of the donations will be sent out to various good causes in the town.”

Staff thanked Mr Wright for taking the time to help to launch this year’s appeal.

The appeal will run throughout the build up to Christmas.

All donations can be put into a trolly which is left near to the front of the store. They will then be sent out to the local community.