Big Hearted opticians in Richmond have been collecting vital foodbank donations which will help dozens of local families during the difficult winter months.
Specsavers in King Street has become a collection point for nearby StoreHouse foodbank, with staff gathering food parcels and donations and personally delivering the goods themselves.
As demand increases during the run-up to Christmas, the foodbank is asking supporters to donate as early as possible to help alleviate pressure from volunteers during the busy winter months.
A word from the store director
Ross Campbell, director at Specsavers in Richmond, said staff decided to take action in a bid to support those who might be struggling in the community.
He said: ‘We have started collecting donations in store for a local foodbank called StoreHouse. We’ll be dropping donations off on a weekly basis.
‘Our aim is to act as another hub for the foodbank, another point of collection for people to visit if they want to make a donation.
‘It’s a very worthy cause and we want to do all we can to help people in the community who may have fallen upon hard times or who find themselves struggling for various reasons.’
StoreHouse, which is run by Influence Church, support individuals and families in Richmond and County Durham.
Suz Gregory, foodbank coordinator at StoreHouse, said: ‘We are delighted to be receiving support from Specsavers in Richmond. The great thing is that Specsavers is open every day, which is fantastic as this gives people more opportunities to donate.
‘I’ve been working at StoreHouse foodbank for two years and during that time our numbers have doubled so all donations are vital, especially at this time of the year.
‘We’ve recognised that our foodbank numbers rise during the winter months and we think that this has to do with the cost of heating homes. Sadly, a lot of the time people’s money goes on keeping themselves warm over buying food. So every donation is a massive help.’
StoreHouse foodbank is in need of non-perishable food and UHT milk and people can donate items such as cereal, pasta, rice, biscuits, squash, jars of sauce or fillings and tinned goods including soup vegetables, meat and fruit.
Items can be donated at Specsavers in Richmond or at StoreHouse foodbank in Influence Church, Victoria Road, Richmond. StoreHouse is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am – 4 pm.
StoreHouse is a project created by Influence Church to help meet the needs in our communities and offer support in an even greater way. For more information visit http://www.influencechurch.co.uk/storehouse/