Corby supermarket staff begin Children in Need fundraising drive

Pudsey Bear PHOTO: BBC Pictures EMN-181211-142715001Pudsey Bear PHOTO: BBC Pictures EMN-181211-142715001
Pudsey Bear PHOTO: BBC Pictures EMN-181211-142715001
Staff at Corby's Asda store will be raising funds for BBC Children in Need as part of the retailer's fundraising drive.

Fundraising activity will take place in store and in the area throughout November, led by the Asda Corby community champion.

The theme of the activities will centre around BBC Children in Need and Asda’s campaign ‘the Power of Play’, which champions the importance of play in child development and aims to inspire simple new ideas for play with a little imagination.

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An Asda spokesman said: “This year, colleagues in Corby will be positively Pudsey with enthusiasm throughout the month of November to raise both funds and awareness of the impact the money has, as well as the fundraising activities taking place in-store and in the wider community.

“From community Pudsey parties to cake sales and fun games, colleagues will be busy raising funds for BBC Children in Need to ensure that as many children as possible will see their lives improved by this money.”

Asda has already raised £19m through its charity efforts over the past 18 years, supporting disadvantaged children and young people across the UK in need of support, with the money helping to empower children and extend their life choices.

The 2700 projects that receive funding from BBC Children in Need support children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

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BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, Simon Antrobus, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone at Asda who have once again come together to make a difference to young lives across the UK.

“As a charity we exist to ensure that every child in the UK is kept safe, happy and secure, and supported to reach their full potential.

“The power of play in a child’s life is transformative, so we are delighted that Asda are once again going above and beyond to make a difference.”