Asda make cafe plan hap­pier and health­ier

£26,647 do­na­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Special Feature - Liz Ley­don

A Ruther­glen char­ity has re­ceived a whop­ping £26,647 do­na­tion from Asda to help cre­ate a kitchen and café seat­ing at a com­mu­nity hub.

Healthy n Happy, a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment trust, was de­lighted to re­ceive news of the Asda Foun­da­tion fund­ing de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion sup­ported by Asda To­ry­glen.

Bren­dan Rooney, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the trust, said: “Healthy n Happy is de­lighted to be work­ing with Asda To­ry­glen to im­prove the lives of those in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The funds will be spent on the No 18 Com­mu­nity Hub and for­mer church hall, which has been re­fur­bished to pro­vide meet­ing and train­ing space and a home to CamGlen ra­dio.

The plan is to in­stall kitchen fa­cil­i­ties and a so­cial café seat­ing area for over 25 peo­ple.

Lo­cated on the ground floor and vis­i­ble from the street, the aim is to pro­vide a wel­com­ing space for vol­un­teers and build­ing users.

Eliz­a­beth Ar­buckle, com­mu­nity cham­pion at Asda To­ry­glen, told the Reformer: “We are look­ing for­ward to the open­ing day when we will fi­nally get to see all the years of plan­ning come to­gether. Asda To­ry­glen is proud to be part of this ad­ven­ture and is now look­ing for­ward to the café open­ing and work­ing for the com­mu­nity.

It was on a visit to CamGlen Ra­dio that Eliz­a­beth dis­cov­ered that the hub was look­ing to cre­ate a new café and re­alised it would be a great project for the Asda Foun­da­tion to sup­port.

She added that as soon as she saw the build­ing and their plans she was de­lighted to sup­port their ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause the project would ben­e­fit so many dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups in the area.

Eliz­a­beth added: “At Asda, we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing the com­mu­ni­ties around our stores bet­ter places to live and work.”

The Asda Foun­da­tion, set up in 1988, aims to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Asda way to do it Eliz­a­beth Ar­buckle, com­mu­nity cham­pion at Asda To­ry­glen, and GSM Fraser Steven­son present the cheque

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