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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Thomas Molloy

Whirlwind week for Asda employee who has got engaged the same week as going 'viral'

A 'kind-hearted' Asda employee, who went viral for her actions after an elderly man collapsed, has capped off a whirlwind week by getting engaged.

Gemma Parish leapt into action when a customer fell over at the Asda supermarket in Daubhill, Bolton, back in October.

The 26-year-old rushed to look after the elderly shopper, before paying for his shopping out of her own back pocket and arranging for a taxi to pick him up.

Gemma, who also works part-time for the North West Ambulance Service, was given a 'silver service superstar award' by Asda following the incident.

Gemma Parish has won an award for her actions while working at Asda (Asda)

A post about the achievement, shared by the supermarket giant on its official Facebook page, has been liked more than 29,000 times since it was posted last week.

"People have kept tagging me in it and every time I look there are loads more people liking and sharing it," Gemma said.

"I was one of the store's first aiders but he didn't want any help so I just stayed with him.

"He normally had a mobility scooter but it had a puncture so he'd walked and I just think he was exhausted."

Store manager Ava Joyce was the person who put Gemma forward for the award.

She added: "The customer – who's a regular here – had a small amount of shopping and was panicking that he needed it, so Gemma went and paid for it from her own pocket so that the gentlemen had his essentials. She then arranged for him to get a taxi home.

"This was a lovely gesture and we are all very proud of her here.

"Gemma's a lovely caring colleague who always goes above and beyond."

Going viral is not the only major thing to happen to Gemma in the past week.

Her partner Tom Sutton, who she met while travelling around Australia last year, proposed to her last Wednesday (December 2).

Tom, who lives with Gemma in Hindley, said: "We got together October last year but we actually met in June when we were backpacking.

"We came back to England in March because of Covid. She's originally from Devon but she made the decision to come and move here with me."

On watching his fiancée story take off on social media in the past week, Tom, 27, added: "She's worked for Asda for four years, first in Devon and then Hindley and then moved to Bolton to be section leader in the summer.

Asda supermarket in Daubhill, Bolton (Manchester Evening News)

"When she was asked into the store for a photograph we didn't really think anything of it but it's just taken off.

"She found it hilarious at first but she can't believe how far it's gone. You always hear these stories of people and you think 'it'll never be me' but it is, so it's quite funny really."

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