A FUNDRAISING drive is being held in a Darlington supermarket to help an organisation for children with Down’s Syndrome.

This weekend in the entrance to the Morrisons supermarket at Morton Park shoppers will be able to take part in a raffle, tombola, book stall and other activities to raise funds for the Education Centre for Children with Down’s Syndrome.

ECCDS, which is based at Mount Pleasant Children’s Centre in Branksome, works to help integrate children with Down’s Syndrome into mainstream education.

The staff at Morrisons are hoping to raise £2,000 to buy some iPads which will enable the youngsters at ECCDS to use a specialist learning app.

The fundraising activities are being organised by Mandy Peart, who works in personnel at Morrisons, and whose 19 month old daughter, Lucy, attends ECCDS.

Mrs Peart said: “ECCDS has been a really great help to me. When you see all the kids there who are walking and talking and doing things together you realise there’s nothing to worry about.

“We met a lady here at the stall today who’s expecting a baby with Down’s Syndrome and she didn’t know about ECCDS. Even if it‘s just helped her today it’s been worth it.”

Joanna Kwok from ECCDS said: “We’re really grateful to Morrisons for their help. The iPads will make a big difference to the children.”

The stall will be open at Morrisons at Morton Park from 10am to 4pm this weekend.

People wanting to know more about ECCDS, or any individuals, organisations, or businesses that are able to offer sponsorship can call Joanna Kwok on 07851-181670. Anybody wanting to make a donation can do so at www.justgiving.com/eccds.