Women and children living in a Darlington refuge are once again being supported by staff at the Darlington store.

Each year the team collect food, clothes, gifts and toiletries for families who have fled domestic abuse and will be spending their Christmas at the Family Help refuge.

It is not unknown for the charity to have mothers and children turn up at their door on Christmas day, meaning they often have no spare clothes and presents, and food will also have been left behind.

Call for public support

Specsavers staff member Kerry Leonard urged members of the public to join them in supporting Family Help.

She said: ‘We choose to support the refuge as it’s important for us to look after local charities. Christmas is a time for families and we want those living in the refuge on Christmas Day to know people are thinking of them.

‘The refuge operates at capacity throughout the year on limited funding, especially at Christmas, so every donation genuinely counts. Donations of food are especially welcome, as are those of clothes and gifts.

‘The donations made by our generous customers will allow the refuge to spread some happiness to the families staying with them over the festive season.’

The store on High Row is now collecting donations of money, clothes and gifts that are brand new or in excellent condition. The collection will run until Sunday, December 18.

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