Local charity New Prospects has received over £5000 in funding from the Whitley Bay Sainsbury's branch
New Prospects Association provides help and support services for adults with learning disabilities in the North East and was named as the branch's 'Charity of the Year' last July.
Staff from both organisations worked together throughout the year to organise and host a number of fundraising events including a fashion show, bingo night and fancy dress themed Christmas party.
The money raised will be put towarss investing in technologies that help aid and enable adults with learning disabilities in their own homes. The new technology will help give the people New Prospects support more control and independence over where and how they live.
Ellen Vick, Chief Executive of New Prospects Association, said "We are absolutely delighted with the amount of money that has been raised and would like to thank not only the staff at Sainsbury's but also everyone in the local communityh who has supported us to date and for their continued support.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Sainsbury's and our combined efforts have raised the profile of New Prospects as a local support agency, which has helped new people to access our services. The people we support have been able to take part in the fundraising and strong bonds have been made between them, Sainsbury's and the wider community.
"Most importnatly, the money raised is going to make a real difference in the lives of the people that we support."
Sainsbury's store manager Roger Thompson said "We are really pleased to have been able to help support New Prospects and raise as much as we did for a fantastic organisation. It is important to Sainsbury's that we give something back to the local community we provide for."
Sainsbury's Whitley Bay branch will announce their new 'Charity of the Year' by the end of next week.