Early Christmas surprise for borough’s most vulnerable

Christmas came early for a group of Telford’s most vulnerable people, after they were awarded a surprise cheque for £4,000 from the Asda Foundation’s, Christmas Wishes grant scheme at their annual festive party.

Early Christmas surprise for borough’s most vulnerable

Customers and employees of Telford & Wrekin Council’s ‘My Options’ service that supports adults and young people leaving care, with learning disabilities, mental health needs and older people, were awarded a cheque for £700 funding the Christmas party. They then also received an additional surprise cheque for £4,000 to fund community project work.

Asda community life champion, June Walker from the Donnington Wood branch, applied for the grant on behalf of ‘My Options’ and only 50 UK stores were successful. She said: “I knew about the award two weeks before we told the group and keeping it secret was so difficult. 

“I chose ‘My Options’ as it has one of the biggest memberships of vulnerable people in the borough and I know the funds will help make a difference to the individuals in the group and those who work to support their well-being.” 

Service delivery manager for My Options at Telford & Wrekin Council, Deb Williams, said: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to June and Asda, for what they have done for our customers. It is truly amazing.

“The grant means the group can decide how they would like to spend the money on something that wouldn’t normally be affordable like a special event where they can come together and be themselves, a special outing or specific sensory equipment.”

Flexible quality care, supporting independence, well-being and community involvement and helping people of all ages and abilities are just some of the ways the My Options team supports the community. 

These services, delivered by a passionate team determined to make a difference to their local community, ensured ‘My Options’ won Asda’s Christmas Wishes award. 

Councillor Paul Watling, Cabinet Member for Children & Adults Early Help & Support, said: “Thank you to June Walker and the Asda Foundation for working so hard to obtain this grant and choosing the ‘My Options’ service. 

“The team at ‘My Options’ really do work hard to help people achieve the best quality of life, health and happiness. The Council faces increasing financial pressures, particularly in adults and children’s services, so this money will go towards those special extras the group will decide upon, that will enrich their lives with perhaps some celebrations, events or outings the council are unable to afford.”  

Picture caption left to right: Chris Chidlow, My Options customer; Amy Glenholmes, My Options service leader; Deb Williams, My Options, service delivery manager; June Walker, Asda; Simon Carpenter, My Options customer.