TWO Asda workers are out to prove that their store is more than just a supermarket.
Mavis Maughan and Tracey Tough regularly work with people in their community to promote health initiatives and raise money for worthy causes.
The Asda community co-ordinators have been put forward for the title of community group of the year at the 2014 Pride of South Tyneside Awards.
Mavis is based at the retail giant’s South Shields store, and Tracey works at its Boldon store.
They have been put forward for the award, sponsored by South Tyneside Homes, by Sophia Hassen, a governor at Laygate School in South Shields. Sophia said: “I really believe that these two ladies are the unsung heroes of our local community. The projects, groups and charities that they have helped support with help, dedication and passion are at the heart of the communities they serve.
“They really make a difference to a lot of community projects and campaigns. They are always working with local groups, care homes and schools, visiting, helping out and helping to raise awareness and funds.
“They really do put in a lot of effort and time into these causes. I know they really care about the communities around them, and they want to help to make these communities better places with better prospects for all.”
Mavis said: “The role is all about getting out there in the community and showing that Asda isn’t just a supermarket, it’s a part of that community.
“We do things like visit old people’s homes to play bingo with them and take along tea, scones, cream and jam, and we visit schools to talk about healthy eating and give kids the ingredients to make their own sandwiches.
“We also support charity events and fundraisers and get involved with events happening in the local community.
“It feels lovely to be nominated for this award and it was such a shock.
“It shows that we are making an impact on local people, and that’s all we could ask for.”
Young Performer of the Year (under-21s)
Child of Courage (under-16s)
Community Group of the Year
Judges’ Special Award
Carer of the Year
Greener South Tyneside
Entrepreneur of the Year
Child of Achievement (under-16s)
The deadline for entries, which can be made using the form on this page or online at www.nepress.co.uk/sgjj/pride 2014, is Tuesday, April 29.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on the evening of Thursday, June 12.
Young Performer nominees will be invited to take part in a talent showcase at the Customs House on Thursday, May 8, to help the judges make their decision.