STAFF at a Worthing shoe shop were presented with an autism awareness award last week.
Jones Bootmaker received the certificate as a thank you for hosting two evenings in the summer holidays which allowed members of the Worthing branch of the National Autistic Society to get their children’s feet fitted.
Branch officer Clare Greaves said: “Getting new shoes fitted can be really difficult for autistic children but the staff at Jones have shown commitment to us which means a lot.
“Before we started this I was having to resort to self fitting my son because during the summer holidays the shop is packed full of noisy children.”
Vice chairman Zoe Green said: “The evenings are so much more relaxed as you book appointments. It may seem like a trivial thing to other people but a lot of autistic children are runners and with the evenings we are able to lock the doors and have someone on the door which is one less thing to think about.
“James now recognises the staff and they know him so it takes the hassle away. I could not come and shop for shoes during the peak time and I can also bring my other child which is a big help.”