Worthing Co-op shoppers have helped raise thousands of pounds that will help develop a sensory garden for The Fitzalan Howard Centre, which supports people with learning disabilities.

£7,614 was raised overall. The money was raised over the last 11 months by taking 1% of the money spent on own brand Co-op products bought by members in Worthing’s three stores: Rowlands Road, South Street, and Tarring Road.

The Fitzalan Howard Centre is based at Pavilion Road. Formerly part of Worthing Scope, the charity joined forces with Guild Care earlier this year. The centre hosts a range of activities to support adults from karaoke sessions, football in the park, to art and craft classes, as well as, cookery and swimming lessons.

Co-op Rowlands Road Manager, Stuart Hunt, presenting the cheque to Guild Care's Head of Marketing and Communication, Samantha Philpott

Danielle Abbiss, The Fitzalan Howard Centre’s Manager, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Co-op for this amazing donation, which will go towards developing a sensory outdoor garden for our service users. We can’t wait for it to be finished so we can make much better use of the space in the summer time.”

Stuart Hunt, Rowlands Road Co-op Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that local Co-op shoppers have helped such a worthy local charity. We are thrilled to be able to give this money to a service that will benefit people with learning disabilities.”