Hatfield supermarket makes policy U-turn

PUBLISHED: 16:34 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:34 04 March 2016

Asda has decided to reinstate unmanned charity donation points

Asda has decided to reinstate unmanned charity donation points

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A Hatfield supermarket has made a U-turn on plans to scrap unmanned charity donation points in its store.

Asda had decided only manned donation points would be allowed in stores nationwide, meaning charities would no longer be able to receive in-store donations at the Hatfield superstore unless a volunteer was present.

However following nationwide outcry from an “overwhelming amount” of charities and customers, the supermarket giant has gone back on the decision.

An Asda spokeswoman said: “We made some changes to our community programme around unmanned collections in the belief that this would benefit the many local good causes who collect in our stores.

“On this occasion our customers and colleagues have told us they understand our intentions, but prefer us to continue to give charities more options to maximise donations. We are therefore reinstating unmanned collection points.”

A spokeswoman for Trussell Trust, which oversees Welwyn Hatfield Foodbank, said it is “delighted” with the move and added: “Foodbanks right across the UK will benefit from this decision as these collection points provide an easy way for customers to donate.”

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