New equipment and cash for Portsmouth youngster’s charity

THANK YOU Vanda French, Portsmouth's Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, and Michelle Morgan
THANK YOU Vanda French, Portsmouth's Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, and Michelle Morgan
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CHILDREN with physical disabilities will benefit from a fundraising effort which has seen £4,608 donated to charity.

Teams of staff members from Tesco Express shops across Portsmouth and other volunteers have helped raise the money for the Portsmouth-based charity Enable Ability.

The money has gone towards replacing much-needed specialist equipment and toys for disabled children and adults aged from five to 21.

The charity was given £2,500 worth of equipment, as well as the extra money that was raised, at a presentation and sports day.

Tesco’s community champion for the south, Vanda French, said she was delighted with how the fundraising effort turned out.

Ms French said: ‘It was an absolutely amazing success.

‘It was a great morning spent with the children playing with the equipment and toys that our money managed to replace for them.’

The fundraising saw employees from different Tesco branches walking the streets from Hilsea to Gunwharf Quays promoting the work of Enable Ability.

Other events included going to work dressed as characters from fairy stories including Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan to amuse customers and encourage donations.

A group of staff members have also made appearances at every home match of Portsmouth Football Club since the season began, standing in Goldsmith Avenue collecting donations.

Ms French also said she would like to repeat the success of the fundraiser.

She said: ‘There will most likely be other fundraising events in the future due to the huge success of this one.’

Enable Ability works with disabled children and adults as well as their families and carers and provides a range of high- quality, professional and confidential services.

If anyone would still like to donate towards the cause then they can do so online at