Charles and Camilla say thanks to Asda de­pot key work­ers

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been do­ing while work­ing through the pan­demic.”

Af­ter the cou­ple ar­rived at the site, they were greeted by Peaches Gold­ing, the Lord-Lieu­tenant of Bris­tol.

They were told of the work Asda has been un­der­tak­ing with Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity, a busi­ness-led mem­ber­ship or­gan­i­sa­tion, as well as char­ity part­ners FareShare and the Trus­sell Trust.

Ruth Caden­head, 62, a home shop­per based in Patch­way, Bris­tol, spoke to the cou­ple about Asda’s work with the char­i­ties.

Mrs Caden­head re­tired from teach­ing two years ago and had been vol­un­teer­ing with Thorn­bury food bank, as well as at East­wood Park prison.

“I’ve been work­ing for Asda for about 12 weeks – since the call-out for ex­tra help,” she said.

“Many peo­ple couldn’t get out for food and so de­liv­er­ies were very im­por­tant. In the shop, we have peo­ple do­ing shop­ping for many fam­i­lies and we as­sist them too.”

Richard Sig­ward, 74, a ware­house op­er­a­tor, has been work­ing for Asda for 17 years and told the cou­ple that he re­fuses to re­tire.

“The duchess was say­ing to me she def­i­nitely agrees that if peo­ple can work and are happy to do it, they should carry on,” Mr Sig­ward said.

“She said she re­fuses to re­tire her­self. The prince was the same.”

At the end of the visit, Charles and Camilla unveiled a plaque mark­ing the day.

Charles told staff: “Thank you, thank you very much ev­ery­body. You de­serve a stiff drink af­ter all this.”

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