Pick Up a Penny campaign raises over �400 for adults with disabilities across Fenland

SHOPPERS have provided a helping hand for adults with learning, physical and mental health disabilities across Fenland - raising more than �400.

They got behind a Pick Up A Penny campaign at the Anglia Co-operative foodstore in Badgeney Road, March, to raise �433.24 for the Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust (FACET).

The foodstore’s Sandra Althoff and Tracey Burns handed over the cheque to FACET from the campaign, which saw Anglia Co-operative donate 1p for every till receipt handed in by customers.

March-based FACET provides training to help people over 16 with disabilities prepare for work, lead a more independent life and integrate into the community.

The Marwick Road centre’s co-ordinator, Kathy Thorne, said: “We’re very, very grateful for this donation. Fundraising is crucial to us – for example, it took us seven years to raise enough money to get a minibus.”

Co-op Store manager Andy Ayres said: “Our customers really got behind this campaign for an extremely worthy cause and we’re delighted to be able to present such a significant cheque.”

FACET’s staff and students will be able to have a say in how the Anglia Co-operative donation is spent.

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It provides its students with training and work experience in horticulture, woodwork, catering and art and design and also supports them with independent living skills, basic skills and a job club, plus sport and leisure activities.

Facet currently has 86 students on its books from all over Fenland.

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