After a challenging year for people across Medway, the Specsavers stores in Chatham, Gillingham and Strood are doing their bit to support the local Salvation Army with their Christmas appeal.

While the Chatham store would normally help out by collecting food donations in store that sadly wasn’t possible this year due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Feeding the homeless

The Chatham branch of the charity would normally feed between 250 and 400 homeless and vulnerable people at their hall on Christmas Day, but sadly this year that will not be possible either.

The directors from the three stores are donating 500 bottles of water to the charity to be included in festive food hampers to replace a face-to-face meal, all of which will be delivered in the run-up to Christmas Day. The hampers will include a meal that can be popped in the oven or microwave, along with other treats to help them celebrate.

A word from the store director

Craig Holland, store director in Chatham, Gillingham and Strood, said: ‘It has been a really challenging year for all of us, but especially for charities like the Salvation Army and the vulnerable people that they support.

‘We’ve been supporting their work for a long time, but this year more than ever we wanted to carry on doing our bit. The work they are doing behind the scenes to pull all of this together is amazing, as it is all year round. We’d like to wish all of them, and everyone else, a happy festive season.’

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