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Jenny's Happy Little Helpers make shopping easier for autistic kids

These handy Happy Little Helpers shopping lists are now available in more than 300 of our larger stores to make trips to the supermarket less stressful for autistic children.

Happy Little Helpers at Asda

They were created by our brilliant Middlesbrough colleague Jenny Barnett, whose five-year-old son Charlie has non-verbal autism, to keep children interested and engaged during their shopping trips.

Jenny’s colourful shopping list shows a range of shopping choices such as milk, bread and bananas that the child can tick off once they’ve been added to the trolley. She came up with the idea after seeing how Charlie’s school uses symbols and pictures to help him communicate.

After a successful trial in our Middlesbrough store, all Asda superstores and supercentres now have ten Happy Little Helpers shopping lists at their customer service desk for customers to collect at the start of their shop. The full store list is here.

Jenny and Charlie using a Happy Little Helper

Jenny, who’s 32 and has worked at the store for eight years, said: "I’m over the moon that this has been rolled out to hundreds of Asda stores – I’m chuffed to bits.

“It’s such a nice feeling that I can walk into an Asda miles away from Middlesbrough and see another child benefitting from my idea – it’s going to help so many children which is great.

“Customers and colleagues have said to me it’s a great idea. It just shows that colleagues should always come forward with ideas – you never know what’s going to happen.”

Posted in Community on 13 September 2017