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‘Better off at Asda’ Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit distribution centre

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited an Asda distribution centre in Bristol on Thursday to say ‘Thank You’ for all of their hard work throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. As well as meeting some of the 700 workers from the distribution centre, Charles and Camilla were also introduced to a number of Asda delivery drivers as well as staff from nearby Asda stores.
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The event took place inside a big marquee outside the distribution centre and all those involved were sure to keep to the two metre social distancing rule.

Charles and Camilla were told by staff how they had worked extra hours during the pandemic to cope with the extra demand as well as adjusting their own working hours, taking on different shift patterns and postponing holidays to support the business and to ensure that the nation was fed.

Since the beginning of lockdown, the Bristol distribution centre has made over 12,500 deliveries to homes across the South West of England.
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The trip to Bristol is the latest in a list of engagements that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have attended since the easing of lockdown restrictions. One of their first meetings was with French President, Emmanuel Macron, at Clarence House. The couple also met NHS workers at a Gloucestershire hospital.

Last week, The Prince of Wales visited a Transport for London training centre to thank workers for their continued efforts and hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At Ashfield House near West Kensington station, Charles met with cleaners and station staff as well as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.
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During their time at Asda, Charles and Camilla heard about the company’s work with the charities FareShare UK and the Trussell Trust who fight hunger and poverty. Funding from Asda has allowed FareShare to support over 336,000 people and the Trussell Trust to set up e-referral systems for 230 food banks.

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