A WEST Swindon supermarket donated £1,000 to help run this year's Swindon and Wiltshire Pride events.

Asda community champion Candice Pridden met with Swindon Pride events manager Phoenix Stewart, who applied for a grant to cover costs of the event.

Last year's LGBTQ+ festival, billed as the largest free community event in the south west and first staged in the town 11 years ago, was cancelled after a series of setbacks, including the loss of the group's main venue for hosting fundraising events and a shortage of volunteers.

This year, organisers promise it will be back bigger and better than ever before, with a host of activities planned for the day, starting with a parade that will make its way through Old Town on August 10.

There will also be a community stage showcasing local talent, a family zone, a shopping zone, and a craft zone which is brand new for this year. Volunteers are needed to help run events, performers and bands are wanted to provide the entertainment and craft stall holders are also sought.

Each year, Asda West Swindon is allowed to give grants of up to £1,000 each to groups that cover different aspects of the community, including the elderly, sport, Christmas, and healthy holiday clubs.

Anyone who runs a Swindon community group or charity that wants to apply for these grants should email Candice at community_westswindon@asda.co.uk