Groups from across the area marked a year of Asda and the Express’ Community Fund at a festive party last week.
The fund, run by the Express in conjunction with Asda’s Yorkshire Distribution Centre in South Elmsall, gave £100 to 11 different organisations during the year.
Representatives from South Kirkby Community Association, Upton Over 60s group, Kinsley Craft Club, Wakefield Healthy Hearts, Sunflower Parents Association, Kickstart Art and South Elmsall Inclusion Group enjoyed the festive party on Friday, with Upton Over 60s group receiving an extra £100 after winning a raffle on the day. Hemsworth Ladies FC, The Shed Youth Group, Ackworth First Responders and Sugar Kanes School of Dance also received cash from the fund. Representatives from Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice, which has received more than £23,000 from Asda since 1997, also attended.
The groups enjoyed a buffet and hot drinks, provided by Asda, and every group took home at least four raffle prizes. The fund launched in January after the success of last year’s Express 100 Fund - which celebrated the centenary of the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express. The partnership between the Express and Asda will continue in 2015. Nigel Price, general manager at the South Elmsall depot said: “I’m delighted that I can now confirm we have just signed off for another year of the fund with the Express.
“For me it’s all about the business doing its bit for the community and we want to keep helping these groups.”