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Hospice receives donation after shoppers’ vote


St Columba’s Hospice has been awarded a £500 donation from Asda, after customers across Edinburgh used the Green Token Given scheme to vote for us as their local cause.

The Green Token Given scheme allows customers at Asda stores across Edinburgh to pick groups and causes close to their own hearts to gain vital funding boosts.

The other charities that also received donations were Victoria Primary School, Edinburgh City Mission, The Rock Trust, Squirrel Club, and Natural Play Project.

Edinburgh groups are awarded funds based on customers dropping a green token into one of three boxes, one for each shortlisted charity, and then at the end of the charity period, the charity with the largest amount of tokens receives £500.

The Hospice received its donations thanks to the help of community champions in store. Gary Anderson at Asda Chesser is one such dedicated colleague who volunteers her time to help the community. Gary said: “We are very honoured to be able to continually support local charity groups from across Edinburgh.  At Asda, we’re always thrilled when customers nominated charities close to them to be in with the chance of benefitting from these vital funding boosts. We couldn’t be happier showing our appreciation by helping as much as we can with these latest donations and raising awareness of the hard work done by all groups.”

Jon Heggie, director of fundraising at the Hospice, said: “The entire team at St Columba’s Hospice would like to thank Asda for this incredibly generous donation, as well as Asda’s customers for using the green tokens to vote for the Hospice!”

“As a charity, we rely on the generous support of our community to enable us to provide specialist care to people with terminal conditions in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The £500 donation from the Asda Foundation is greatly appreciated and it means we can continue supporting people when they need it most.”

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