Asda makes U-turn over Selsey Lifeboat collection

The new Selsey Asda opened in June. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-171206-164409008
The new Selsey Asda opened in June. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-171206-164409008
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A collection for Selsey Lifeboat Week will take place outside Asda in the town after the supermarket giant ‘listened to its customers and community’.

There has been great anger in Selsey that volunteers’ request to hold collections at the new supermarket were initially turned down.

Asda last week told the Observer it had put the organisers of Selsey Lifeboat Week in touch with one of it community champions about collecting at its Havant store, but in a second statement Martin Compton, Selsey general store manager said: “We want to support as many of the local good causes that operate within our communities as possible.

“This is why we have a network of more than 380 community champions who work out of our larger stores to co-ordinate our community giving.

“However, we understand there are exceptions, so we’ve listened to our customers and the community and are pleased to confirm that the local RNLI will be joining us in store on Saturday, August 5 from 10am.”

Selsey Lifeboat Week this year runs from July 30 to August 6 with a host of fundraising activities set to take place in the town.

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