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And after a very long, busy day Pudsey returned to store and was as big a hit with our colleagues as he had been with everyone else he'd seen today.
Pudsey spent half a day not only collecting money but cheering up the patients in Walsall Manor Hospital. The adults loved him but more importantly he bought a great deal of delight to the children on the Children's Ward.
Pudsey was a big hit when we took him through Walsall Town Centre where he was stopped every few yards by adults and children alike.
Our very own Pudsey pizza's created a lot of interest with our customers and colleagues and helped high light the Children In Need event as well as selling well.
On October 16th we organised a challenge to raise money for Tickled Pink. The idea was to climb from the concrete hippo in the town centre to St Matthews church which is an altitude climb of 100ft. The idea was to have a team of walkers to do a combined climb of 290 times which would be equivalent to 29.000 ft or the height of Everest. Store Manager Adam Page launched the event and took part in the day. The Deputy Mayor of Walsall Angela Underhill and her consort John Underhill came along to officially start the event. There were volunteers from Walsall Arboretum User Group, The Princes Trust, Age UK, Babcock International and Asda colleagues amongst the 55 walkers who took part. In total we achieved a height of 35,200 ft and a lot of sore legs!
On Sunday 21st September we helped Walsall Arboretum User Group wwith an arts and crafts day in Walsall Arboretum gallery gardens. All the activities were free and there was over 1,000 visitors on the day. The day included making owls out of fir cones, making bird feeders and decorating eggs.
We were invited to Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Walsall. It was an incredible experience and we were made to feel most welcome. As well as offering a place of worship, the temple also offers free meals to anyone that choses to worship there. The Gurdwara was so colourful and bright and everyone was so very friendly.
We recently said a fond farewell to home delivery colleague Pat Rogers, who is retiring from work. Pat had worked at Asda St Matthews since the store opened in June 2007. She was really sad to be leaving and she will be missed by the entire store but everyone celebrated her retirement and Pat has promised to keep in touch.