A UNIQUE charity supporting children with a complex range of additional needs could receive as much as £4,000 from a supermarket funding scheme.

Me2 Club has been nominated for Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative for stores in Woodley and Twyford.

All donations received by Me2 Club allows them to train volunteers and give young people throughout Wokingham Borough the opportunity to engage in mainstream leisure activities with a buddy.

Liz McDaniel, fundraising development officer at Me2 Club, said: “We support children attending a wide range of activities, including sports, art and drama clubs.

“The children we support struggle to access these activities because of their needs, resulting in social isolation, lack of confidence and self-esteem.

“We were so excited to hear that we had been chosen for this support from Tesco. Not only will the funding help us to support more children in 2018, the publicity will help us to reach out to families who might not have heard about our work.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects across the UK.

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Customers get the chance to vote for three different groups and a minimum of £1,000 is up for grabs.

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, was recently given a glimpse of the 'invaluable' service, which cares for young people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down's Syndrome.

He added: “Organisations such as Me2 provide a fantastic opportunity for those children and young people with additional needs to be able to attend everyday mainstream activities in a supportive and encouraging environment.

“Quite often, young people with additional needs feel socially isolated and withdrawn from mainstream society.

“Me2 volunteers provide an invaluable service to help encourage young people and help to build their confidence skills through joint participation in a wide range of activities.

"I find the work of Me2 inspiring and look forward to doing more work with them.”

The charity recruits volunteers through a series of visits to colleges and businesses and is seeking support in the form of donations and sponsorship to enable their work to continue.

Visit: www.me2club.org.uk or call 0118 9696369 for more information.