A COUNTRYSIDE centre near Devizes is celebrating after supermarket shoppers voted for it to be their charity of the year.

Helie and Chris Franklin who run the Caenhill project are delighted that Sainsbury's has adopted it and will be raising money for its work for the next 12 months.

Mr Franklin said: "It's great to have local support from Sainsbury’s, have the chance to share the project with the local community and have fun raising funds with the staff and local community. A bike ride to the coast, whodunit and a back to nature calendar are already planned."

Helie Franklin expressed her gratitude and said: "Caenhill Countryside Centre is very grateful to be Sainsbury’s Devizes Local Charity of the Year and sends thanks to everyone for voting for the project as Local Charity of the Year. Thanks also to the staff at Sainsburys Devizes for their help and support, its very much appreciated and we look forward to a fun fundraising year."

The centre supports education and wellbeing of young people and vulnerable and community groups in a farm environment.

Centre trustee Neil Golledge added his thanks and said he was overwhelmed with the local support and was looking forward to a great partnership.

Funds will be raised through the store from donations and regular events.

Mr Franklin said: "The money raised will be used to continue the work with young people and local community groups at the project, especially towards development of the farm kitchen , the farm animal rescue centre and a new farm heritage area."

The charity is looking for old farm implements and tools to start this area. Email helie@caenhillcc.org.uk or ring 07837 568699.