Food store chooses autism charity for community fund

Ian Person, Kathy Parkerand, and Simon

Ian Person, Kathy Parker, and Simon outside the Co-op celebrating being chosen by the supermarket for its local community fund - Credit: Autism Anglia

The Co-op has chosen an autism charity with a base in Dereham to benefit from its local community fund.

Customers shopping with the supermarket will now be able to choose Autism Anglia, a charity that provides education and support to people with autism and their families, as their chosen cause when they shop.

When a customer buys selected branded products and services, the Co-op will put money towards the cause.

Colin Comaskey, manager of the Autism Anglia Norfolk Opportunities Centre, said: “We’re delighted that the charity has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

“At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of autistic people in Norfolk."

All money raised through this will be used by the charity to develop a new music, sensory and wellbeing department for autistic adults.

This will help to develop communication and interaction skills, offering them the chance to move, sing and make noise.

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While the charity's main base is in Colchester, its Norfolk operations are led in Dereham.