DARLINGTON MP Alan Milburn pledged to "make a difference" by lending his help to the creation of a sensory garden later this month.

Mr Milburn will join volunteers in transforming a grassy area at the SureStart centre in the town's North Road, as part of Community Service Volunteers' Make a Difference Day on October 30.

The sensory garden will provide a place for parents and children to relax in throughout the year.

SureStart's Sheila Matthews said: "We are delighted that Alan Milburn will be joining us on the day. Some of the parents have done a lot of preparation work but we need help on the day to actually build it.

"Most of the families who come here don't have access to a garden, so they are all really excited about it."