A year of help and support

David Torrance MSP joined representatives from local groups and organisations to celebrate Asda's Community Life first annniversary
David Torrance MSP joined representatives from local groups and organisations to celebrate Asda's Community Life first annniversary

A GALA day was held in the Kirkcaldy branch of Asda to celebrate the first anniversary of the company’s Community Life programme.

The initiative was launched nationwide in March 2012 with the aim of helping to make local communities better places to live and work in by offering support to groups and organisations.

And after the first year many of those helped by the Kirkcaldy branch gathered at the store to hail the programme as a success.

Jean Ritchie, Community Life champion at Asda Kirkcaldy, said the first year had been “excellent”.

“It’s been an excellent first year,” she said.

“We’ve worked hard to create a network within Kirkcaldy and offered a lot of support to many groups.

“There’s been things like the Green Tokens campaign and helping to refurbish the Linton Lane Centre.

“But as well as going out into the communities we also try to engage with the customers who are coming into the store. For example we have the NHS offering free advice on a weekly basis at the pharmacy.”

Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance offered his congratulations, adding he was “amazed” at the work the Community Life team have carried out. He said: “Jean and her team have given support to a lot of groups and organisations, whether that’s by sending staff out to help or by making donations.

“They do a wide variety of work in Kirkcaldy, more than people realise. I’m constantly surprised at how involved they are in the community, they always seem to be out and about somewhere!

“The Community Life team have made a huge number of links over the year in the local community and I am extremely impressed.

“They are a real credit to Asda.”