Staff at a supermarket have amazed themselves after collecting more money for charity than any other branch in England.

Budgen Food Shops in Henfield has raised £3,400 for its charity of the year, the Brighton and Hove branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Staff organised book and cake sales and raised several hundred pounds over Christmas by setting up a Santa's grotto in a shed.

The store hopes to raise £4,000 before the campaign ends in February.

Branch clerk Jenny Allaston said: "We aimed to raise £2 a day but have totally blown that away. We had a lot of backing from our local MS society.

"Head office is very pleased with our efforts. We have raised money for charity before but this has been our most successful campaign by far."

Michael Daniels, chairman of the MS Society in Brighton and Hove, said the money would be used to help its 185 members and their carers by providing more wheelchairs and paying for respite care.

He said: "It's fantastic what Budgens has done. The staff at Henfield are a wonderful team."

The Henfield store is among 300 branches which have collected almost £100,000 for the MS Society during the last year.