Kind-hearted shoppers choose Smile for their donations

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MORE than £600 has been donated to a new respite centre for young people by a supermarket.

Smile Support and Care was picked as one of three good causes for shoppers to vote for at Waitrose in Waterlooville.

Smile chief executive, Stuart Baldwin, was thrilled with the result.

He said: ‘Funds donated will be used to run our brand new respite care centre in Cowplain for disabled children.

‘This generous contribution will benefit numerous local families who will use our new centre once it opens shortly, and we thank the store and those who voted for us, for their support.’

Smile provides support to children and young adults with disabilities across Hampshire and West Sussex.

The care provided varies widely from family to family, from those with children who have the milder forms of autism to those with chronic life-limiting conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

The new Smile Centre will provide a hotel-style setting 
for disabled youngsters who will be able to enjoy a short break.

The centre features eight en-suite rooms, two family apartments, as well as a cafe area, gardens, therapy room and sensory room.

Smile is appealing to local people to fundraise towards the running costs once the new centre opens soon.

Community fundraiser Jess Zubaidi said: ‘We would be very grateful if local people could help us by completing a nomination form for Smile in their local Waitrose or John Lewis store. There are also lots of other ways to support Smile, do visit our website or contact us for more details.’