Asda Foundation funds over 100 community Coronation celebrations
Gladys O’Neill, Rosaleen Gaughan, Paddy Mullen
Since February, the Asda Foundation has been inviting local community groups in Northern Ireland to come forward to apply for funding to help celebrate the Coronation weekend.
Through local activities, the Asda Foundation aims to enable local groups to bring people together, celebrate, reduce loneliness and build a sense of belonging in communities and creating long lasting memories.
Groups have been invited to apply for funding to help cover the costs of food, refreshments, activities and entertainment.
Rosaleen Gaughan and Sam Chambers
Asda Foundation are funding over 100 Coronation events across the UK including Northern Ireland, donating over £36,000, helping bring thousands of people together over the weekend. Local community centres, groups and resident associations have all applied for these grants ranging to mark the occasion.
One group benefitting from a grant is Radius Housing based in Randalstown. The group, alongside Asda Antrim’s Community Champion Rosaleen Gaughan brought residents together to host a Coronation afternoon tea party after they received a grant for £400.
Josie McKeown (5), Rosaleen Gaughan and Amelia Stewart (4)
Rosaleen Gaughan, Community Champion at Asda Antrim said:
“We had a fantastic day out and all the residents of Radius Housing who came along enjoyed themselves. It was a great way to bring the residents together for the celebrations and was a privilege to donate £400 to a worthy group who do so much for the local community.”
Monica Mullen (Radius Housing), Rosaleen Gaughan and Marie Bradley (Radius Housing)
Alexandra Preston, Senior Manager for Asda Foundation added:
“The coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together. We’re really proud that through our investment we’ve been able to fund around 100 different activities across the UK, enabling community groups to mark the historic moment.”