The Asda in Grantham had a new boss for the day – eight-year-old local schoolboy Stanley Jackson.
Stanley, who attends Bottesford Primary School, was made junior store manager for the day after Asda Community Life Champion, Karen Holm, heard that the school needed to raise money for some new IT equipment. To help raise the funds, she arranged a unique prize, enabling parents to bid for their child to be boss for a day at the store.
Stanley won after his mum Lucy was the highest bidder – and he spent a day at the supermarket on Union Street in Grantham, working with the store’s management team.
Karen and store manager Dean Parker looked after Stanley during his day in the store, and arranged a special behind the scenes tour, as well as giving him his own special badge with his title – “The Boss”.
Stanley made his own pizza, helped in the bakery and on the meat counter, delivered a parcel for a customer at Click and Collect, checked emails and even carried the store phone.
Stanley also spent time walking around aisles with store manager Dean, and even pointed out jobs that needed doing – and asked store colleagues to do them!
Stanley’s mum, Lucy Jackson, said: “Stanley had an amazing experience at the Asda Grantham store. He has barely stopped talking about it! He even spoke about his experience in a presentation at Scouts and at school.
“We got access to almost all areas and Stan was made to feel so welcome. It was really interesting to see behind the scenes at Asda.
“The staff, especially Karen and Dean, were amazing. Stanley was given a gift box at the end of his visit and the bakery staff gave him some doughnuts.”
Community Life Champion Karen said: “Stanley was a pleasure to have in store. He took it quite seriously and enjoyed it. Stanley’s favourite part of the day was making the pizza at the pizza counter, which he took home and had for tea that night!”
The special prize was part of the supermarket’s “National Elf Service’ campaign to bring back festive cheer to communities in the UK.
The Asda Foundation is investing thousands of pounds into local communities this Christmas, working with a team of community elves whose mission it is to surprise, delight and bring some fun to communities… #becauseitschristmas.