Belinda and the new shirts
A happy Belinda leaves Cwmbran Asda with the shirts for her husband, John

A Cwmbran man panicked when the shirt he was planning to wear to his mum’s funeral tomorrow (Friday 30 October 2020) didn’t fit. John James and his wife Belinda were worried after seeing stories in the media about ‘non-essential’ items not being on sale in supermarkets.

Earlier this week the Welsh Government “clarified that a sensible system should be introduced whereby customers can ask to buy non-essential items by exception under the regulations”.

Tonight Belinda contacted Cwmbran Asda to see if they would sell them a shirt.

Belinda said: “We were in a panic. It seems so stupid to other people John was panicking. He tried his suit and shirt on in the week and said to me ‘yeah, they will be ok.’ Then tonight I said ‘try them on again’ and he didn’t feel comfortable, you know maybe it was a little too much indulgence during lockdown!

Two white shirts in Asda
John’s new shirts on the customer service desk in Cwmbran Asda

“I called ASDA in Cwmbran as I didn’t want to go down there and have a row. The phone was answered and I explained what it was for and said I had a death certificate. The person on the phone was already going up the stairs and asking me what size I needed.

“He then told me it would be on the customer service desk for me. They were amazing. There are not enough words to say how grateful I am.”

John’s mum, Joan James is being buried at Maesteg Cemetry on Friday 30 October 2020. The funeral goes from her home in Nantyffyllon at 1.30pm


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