Asda's Cheryl goes the extra mile to help others

ACROSS the district many people are going above and beyond to help others during the coronavirus crisis.

At Asda Strabane, one employee has been making a real difference to a local woman's life.

Annie, who lives on her own, reached out to the Strabane store to ask for extra support to help her get her shopping.

Cheryl Devine, security colleague at the local store was only too happy to help and has been a constant source of support for her since.

“I started by doing a small shop for Annie and brought it down to her front door – since then, we have been in contact every other day to make sure she is doing okay," Cheryl explained.

“My husband and I also make calls with the most vulnerable in our community to ensure they are all doing okay, especially as most recognise me from my 25 years working in Asda Strabane.

"It’s nice to come together as a community in what is a difficult time for many.”

Cheryl and her husband make weekly check-ins to those must vulnerable in their area – to ensure no one else is in the same situation as Annie.

Annie thanked Cheryl: “As most of my family live in Derry and have young children, it is difficult for them to come see me as much as they once did – and especially with coronavirus they don’t want to put me at risk.

"I would like to thank Cheryl for her help and it’s lovely to be able to stay in contact with her during this time.”

Also full of praise was Michael McFadden, Asda Strabane general store manager.

He said: "We are delighted to be part of Cheryl’s wonderful initiative to help the community.

"There are so many people working tirelessly to make a difference to local people - and it’s never been more important as a community to support each other.”

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