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New shopping trolleys for children with special needs arrive in Jersey

Jayden Renouf tries out the new shopping trolleys for children with special needs. Photo: Channel Islands Cooperative Society

Shopping trolleys for children with special needs have arrived at at a local supermarket in the Channel Islands.

Specially adapted trolleys have been delievered to Co-op stores in the Bailiwick, following feedback from customers.

It comes after Jersey mum Jane Renouf, whose son Jayden has autism, started an online campaign asking local supermarkets to introduce them.

She says the new trolleys are a "godsend".

We’ve already used the new trolleys and we have found them to be a godsend. The feedback from other parents has also been very positive. These trolleys will benefit children with all sorts of special needs.

– Jane Renouf

Parents of children with autism say they can find it hard to do the weekly shop due to their additional needs.

Mark Cox, the Society’s Chief Operating Officer, said the trolleys, which have seats suitable for older children, were ordered to help parents and families when out shopping.

It is clear there was demand for these trolleys and so we believe the investment is worth it to help those families who have children with special needs. As part of our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs, we have already introduced a number of other measures to help disabled members of our community from mobility scooters to on-shelf magnifiers and hearing loops.

– Mark Cox, Channel Islands Co-op Society’s chief operating officer

Two specialist trolleys are already in use at Grand Marché St Helier with two on order for the store in St Peter.