SEAFORD Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Group will be the chosen charity of the year for Sainsbury’s in Newhaven.
This means staff from the store will be doing their best to raise funds for the group during 2012-2013.
The group was selected by customers who voted for their favourite charity.
Chairman of Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Group Sen Smallwood said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Sainsbury’s Newhaven who’s nominated us to be the store’s new local charity partner.
“I hope this partnership will raise awareness about what we do and the impact we have in the community. We now look forward to a successful year working with the store’s colleagues on this exciting initiative”.
Customers were able to vote for their favourite local charity between May 9 to 23.
The partnership officially launched on July 14 with a French themed day to coincide with Bastille Day.
Face painting, fancy dress and sampling French cheese helped raise more than £400 for the charity.
The mayor of Newhaven, Graham Amy, called in to congratulate the charity and help with the collection.
He said: “I know how difficult it is for charities to raise funds at the moment, so support from Sainsbury’s is a real boon for them.”
The charity was founded in 2010 and provides regular activities for the children such as swimming and music classes, run by fully trained individuals with experience of working with children with special needs.
Offers support to all individuals with additional needs and their families, sharing information and helping to create new resources in places where they may not currently exist.
It also provides more specialised training resources for teachers and care givers based on proven early intervention techniques and programmes.
Sainsbury’s Newhaven local charity partner last year was Remember Spencer and thanks to customers and staff, they raised more than £5,000 for the charity.
Store manager Angus Murray added: “This is such a worthy local cause and we’re pleased and proud to be supporting it over the next 12 months.
“We’ll be letting our customers know of our fundraising plans in-store and we hope they can join our colleagues in helping support them.”