Staff at Specsavers in Burnley traded in their £600 Christmas bonus to donate vouchers to three local charities as a gesture to help support those most in need this festive season.
The staff members were awarded the vouchers as a recent performance bonus. Instead of spending the vouchers on themselves, they decided to change them into supermarket vouchers to donate to a number of good causes in the area.
The chosen charities were Safenet Refuge and Community Outreach, Spacious Food Bank, and The Salvation Army, with each receiving £200 worth of vouchers to help fund vital food supplies over Christmas.
Each charity provides care and support for those in need throughout the Burnley community, and their work is particularly important close to Christmas. It costs around £19 for The Salvation Army to provide a Christmas box filled with food for families in need. This contribution by Specsavers Burnley will contribute to each charity’s festive efforts.
Mark Hirst from Spacious Place Food Bank says; ‘We are incredibly grateful for this donation. We make over 200 food hampers for this time of year, and Specsavers Burnley’s contribution will go a long way to ensure that each of these are well-filled!’
Mark Addison, retail director at the Burnley store added: ‘It was a really lovely surprise to hear that the team here were prepared to sacrifice their bonus in order to support local charities.
‘They worked very hard to be awarded with the £600 vouchers, and everybody unanimously wanted to donate towards the fantastic work these charities carry out in Burnley to make this time of year a little easier for those needing help.
‘It’s always important to our store to be able to give something to those who are less fortunate within the community, especially at this time of year.’