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Ah, Valentine's Day - the most romantic day of the year. To mark the occasion, Richard, Longwell Green's Community Life Champion (pictured), swapped his ASDA green uniform for something that was, hopefully, a bit more dashing. Customers had to look twice, as on first glance it appeared as if James Bond, in his Tuxedo et al, was in-store, posing by the flowers.
Youngsters from a local gymnastics group, the Phoenix Allstars, swapped jumping on a trampoline to help pack bags, raising funds for brand new equipment. The girls sprung into action, using the same enthusiasm that they would to flip through the air to pack our customer's shopping. After a 2 hour stint, the girls managed to raise £257.
After completing her Change 4 Life Swapping list last week, exchanging porridge for her usual sugary cereal, Hayley (pictured above with Longwell Green's Community Life Champion) was given another option for breakfast - fresh Juice. This is because Hayley's swapping list was randomly picked out of the ballot box, making her the winner and proud new owner of a fruit Juicer.
Customers in Longwell Green were encouraged to make a healthy swap, exchanging items what they would ordinarily purchase for a non-sugar alternative: with porridge replacing sugary cereals and fizzy drinks metaphorically poured down the sink, as customers opted for a sugar free alternative. After posting their Swapping list into the ballot box, for a chance to win a Juicer, customers were able to pick up some valuable hints from the free Change4Life sugar swap guide, with many pledging to incorporate more of these swaps into their daily lives.
It came as a lovely surprise for Mr Champman, the winner of the guess the position of the Snowball competition, learning that he had won. The hamper, his prize for guessing the nearest position of the snowball, was full of Extra Special goodies: from Mince Pies to a cheese board. There was everything there that would make his Christmas 'Extra Special' this year. All the money raised will go to the local children's charity, Jessie May, which is based near the store. The charity provides care to terminally ill children in the community and support for their family.
Congratulations to Mrs Stone, the winner of the 'Guess the number of elves' competition that was running in store over Christmas. Amazingly, her guess was only one away from the correct answer.
The lads from Keynsham rugby club had a different game plan when they came in bag packing - swapping their scrum for the checkouts. In just two hours, the team raised £410.
To the gushing and 'awwing' from their parents and grandparents, the children from Cadbury Heath primary school sang Christmas carols for our customers.