Elves pro­vide Christ­mas fun

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Big-hearted To­ry­glen lo­cals helped pro­vide some early Christ­mas cheer for a couple of com­mu­nity stal­warts re­cently.

Staff from ASDA To­ry­glen were joined by a group of Christ­mas elves, dubbed the Na­tional Elf Ser­vice, and from 15 young­sters from To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The Christ­mas elves stopped at To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base at Prospecthill Cir­cus to help lo­cal chil­dren say a big, fes­tive thank you to San­dra Markey, who runs the To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base and her best friend Eveline McNair, who runs To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall.

Asda col­leagues then cre­ated gi­ant gift ham­pers for the two vol­un­teers, with ev­ery­thing from mince pies and Christ­mas pud­ding, choco­lates and can­dles.

Ear­lier in the year both char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ted from Asda Foun­da­tion do­na­tion.

The To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base re­ceived a do­na­tion of café fur­ni­ture and the Com­mu­nity Hall re­ceived an £18k foun­da­tion grant which paid for a brand new kitchen.

San­dra Markey, chair­per­son at To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base, said: “Eveline and I were ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the ham­pers from Asda. It was such a sur­prise and so lovely to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for the work we do in our com­mu­nity.

“Since mov­ing into our then­derelict build­ing in July 2013, we have worked tire­lessly to move for­ward as an or­gan­i­sa­tion and im­prove our premises. As a re­sult of on­go­ing sup­port from Asda, we are start­ing to see real progress and this act of kind­ness has really touched Eveline and I this Christ­mas.”

The Asda Foun­da­tion is in­vest­ing thou­sands of pounds into lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties this Christ­mas, work­ing with a team of com­mu­nity elves whose mis­sion it is to sur­prise, de­light and bring some fun to de­serv­ing groups and in­di­vid­u­als, as part of the cam­paign #be­cau­seit­schrist­mas.

El­iz­a­beth Ar­buckle, com­mu­nity life cham­pion at Asda To­ry­glen, added: “We wanted to give back to a de­serv­ing cause within our lo­cal com­mu­nity this Christ­mas – and we thought help­ing the chil­dren sur­prise the vol­un­teers with Christ­mas ham­pers would go down very well within the whole com­mu­nity.

“I’ve worked with the com­mu­nity cen­tre for over 15 years and with­out the ded­i­cated ef­forts of San­dra and Eveline the To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base would not run as well as it does. We feel we’ve done our bit in keep­ing the magic of Christ­mas alive in To­ry­glen.”

An Elfie Selfie El­iz­a­beth Ar­buckle (left), Eveline McNair, San­dra Markey and Asda Col­league Ge­orgie Bourne

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