An autism care group in Leyland plans to convert a summerhouse into a sensory room after a £500 donation from staff at their local Tesco Express store.

Eleanor Hewitt, manager of Autism Initiatives, Laurels House, in Leyland was the guest of honour when the new Tesco Express store, on Finch Road, opened.

As part of the opening celebrations, store manager Andrew Markillie and his team presented Eleanor with a £500 cheque.

The store chose to donate to Autism Initiatives as part of its commitment to the local community.

Eleanor said: “We have a summer house in the back garden which we’re looking at getting electrics put in it so we’re going to spend the money on converting it into a small sensory room for all of our service users to benefit from.

“The £500 will get us well on the way to making it look fantastic.

“So a very big thank you to Tesco for helping us make this happen.”

Andrew said: “My staff and I want to make this a local store for local people, and aim to give our customers fantastic service and prices.”

Leyland Methodist Junior School pupils, who won a recent poster competition illustrating ‘Why they love Leyland’ organised by the store, were also a part of the launch celebrations.

Andrew added: “We have really enjoyed our store launch and I would like to thank Eleanor for joining us. We are delighted to support Autism Initiatives Laurels House with our £500 donation as they are a great charity which carries out such invaluable work in the Leyland community.”