Tea party to thank Portsmouth’s Salvation Army volunteers

BREW Melvyn Thomas, centre manager, shares a drink with Tracy Smith, from Asda
BREW Melvyn Thomas, centre manager, shares a drink with Tracy Smith, from Asda
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A HUGE tea party was held for volunteers of the Salvation Army.

It was organised by workers at Asda, in Bridge Shopping Centre, Fratton, to thank the 60 volunteers at the charity’s Lighthouse cafe, on Albert Road, Southsea, for their work to in the community.

The event was organised by Asda community colleague, Tracy Smith, and the Salvation Army’s community centre manager, Melvyn Thomas, in recognition of the cafe’s work with disadvantaged people in the area.

Tracy said: ‘The Salvation Army does a fantastic job in helping those in need of support and the volunteers are vital to ensuring the charity can continue to do its work.

‘It was lovely to be able to throw them a party and thank them for all the work they do to help the community in Portsmouth.

‘As part of our commitment to helping local organisations, it was great we could get involved.’

Melvyn said: ‘We’re really grateful to Tracy and the other colleagues at Asda Portsmouth for their generosity in throwing a tea party for our volunteers.

‘We can’t always reward them as much as we’d like to, so when Tracy mentioned a tea party, I jumped at the chance.’