100 Co-op stores in Wales go the “EGG-STRA” mile for children with learning difficulties

03 April 2017

Co-op food stores in Wales have teamed-up with Follow Your Dreams to put a big smile on more than a thousand young faces this Easter.

More than one hundred Co-op food stores are supporting the Church Village-based charity in its annual appeal to collect more than a thousand eggs for children and young people across Wales who have learning disabilities.

The donations will support Easter activities across Wales, including an Easter egg hunt using Makaton sign language in Porth; Down To Me Easter party for families of children and young people with down syndrome in Bridgend; SNAC (Special Needs Activity Club) in Port Talbot; South and West Wales down syndrome group Easter egg hunt in Carmarthen; Special Riding Group Easter activities in Machynlleth and, Creat-a-smile Easter family sessions for children and young people who have Autism and other needs in Llangollen, Llanrwst, Anglesey, Llandudno, and Towyn.

Liz Whitaker of Follow Your Dreams, who is involved in this year’s Easter project with the Co-op, said:

“Creative and interactive events are a great way to inspire children and young people with learning disabilities and, as a charity we rely on the generosity of organisations and the community for much of our funding. This is a huge boost, we are delighted to have the support of the Co-op and, together we really can make a big difference and put an ‘egg-stremely’ big smile on thousands of young faces this Easter.”

Hywel Stevens, a store manager for the Co-op in Hirwaun who helped to set up the appeal, said:

“It is heart-warming that so many people take the time to think of others, and a small donation really will add to up to a huge difference in our local communities this Easter for hundreds of children in Wales with learning disabilities.”

Members of the public wishing to support the appeal can pop into their local participating Co-op food store to make a donation before Friday, 14 April.

For further information about the work of Follow Your Dreams and its Easter egg appeal with the Co-op visit http://www.followyourdreams.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/followyourdreamscharity

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Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Mobile: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk