Spooky funday to raise funds for Autism charity

Jeanette Peach, Dave Mee, Kath Tire and Tracy Boland from Sainsbury's Ripley raising money for Autism East Midlands
Jeanette Peach, Dave Mee, Kath Tire and Tracy Boland from Sainsbury's Ripley raising money for Autism East Midlands

Shoppers at Sainsbury’s Ripley store were treated to a series of spooky in-store activities to celebrate the Halloween weekend and raise funds for their local charity partner, Autism East Midlands.

Shoppers had the opportunity to pick up last minute additions to their Halloween costumes courtesy of some of the county’s leading balloon twisters, who showcased their skills by twisting a menu of Halloween- themed creations to order for customers.

Melanie Howard, Head of Income Generation for Autism East Midlands said, “The team at Sainsbury’s Ripley store went all out to make the Halloween weekend something really special. The store was a sea of Halloween balloons with staff at the checkout and on the shop floor decked out in some amazing creations.”

Autism East Midlands is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and provides a wide range of services to people affected by autism and their families, including a specialist school, children’s support services, an outreach service, flexible day services and residential services for adults with autism.

In Heanor, the charity runs Mundy Street Day Service which caters for young people and adults (aged 16 years and above). The service offers a wide range of structured activities based on individual requirements and interests.

Autism East Midlands also provides specialist training for parents and professionals and operates one of the very few autism-specific diagnostic and assessment centres in the country.