Kind store boss helps kids' groups left stranded in cold
A SUPERMARKET boss has been awarded his community spirit badge after showing his generous side.
Asda Gorseinon manager Steve Cuggy was shocked when he turned up for work on Saturday morning to see hundreds of Scouts and Beavers huddled against the cold in the old Somerfield car park.
The group of around 180 youngsters were meant to be setting off for a day at Longleat Safari Park, but a mix-up with the bus company left them delayed by more than two hours.
But thanks to Mr Cuggy and his helpful staff, the kids were fed and watered as the supermarket giant threw open its restaurant doors free of charge.
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Assistant leader with the 1st Loughor Scouts, Jon Rees, said: "It was a big trip, we had about three Rainbow units, four Brownie units and two Guide units on the trip.
"We were meant to be picked up at 7am at the old Somerfield supermarket but the five coaches didn't turn up until 9am. Some parents were waiting with their children and we told them to come back at 8.30am, but obviously some had dropped their children off at 6.30am — and it was a cold morning.
"A couple of us went to speak to the manager and they said they would open up the restaurant earlier for us. They then started serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and toast, all without taking any money.
"We would like to thank all the staff there and the manger. We will be writing to their headquarters so they know what they did."
Kind-hearted Mr Cuggy added: "When we opened the store at 7.30am a couple of parents came in and I thought they were just using the toilet.
"About five minutes later I noticed the restaurant was extremely busy, one of the leaders came and explained what had happened and I asked if we could help.
"We had to get extra chairs into the restaurant as there were so many of them.
"It was just a nice thing to do. It is our community as well and I hope anyone else would have done the same.
"They had been out there before I arrived for work, it was about five degrees.
"It is good to help out, it is a good buzz."