Festive elves at an Aberdeen opticians brought some seasonal cheer to the city’s homeless with a special event that allowed 16 people to claim a free pair of glasses.

Twelve staff members at Specsavers in Union Street volunteered on Tuesday 18th December to jingle all the way and welcome some of the city’s most vulnerable into the store where they received a free eye test.

Nearly 20 pairs of complimentary specs were made up within an hour of the eye test, and while they waited, the attendees were invited to enjoy warming treats.

Hot drinks were served thanks to Starbucks, while sandwiches, chocolate, crisps and water, were kindly donated by Pret A Manger, both in Union Street.

Specsavers was delighted to organise the event in tandem with homeless charities Integrate Scotland, Aberdeen Cyrenians, and Aberdeen Samaritans.

A word from the store director

Store Director at Specsavers Aberdeen, Dave McGinty, said: ‘We were very pleased at the great level of uptake for our event, but ultimately, to have the opportunity of giving free glasses to our homeless attendees.

‘It’s hugely important that we give something back to the communities in which we work, particularly at this time of year, and we believe that complimentary glasses are a great gift that will continue to positively impact the lives of our attendees.

‘For those living on our streets and facing high-risk environments on a daily basis, adequate vision can make a huge difference.’

A spokesperson for Integrate Scotland said: ‘We want to say a huge thank you to all the Specsavers staff for firstly coming up with the idea and, secondly, for following it through. You treated all our guests with the same respect as your regular customers.

‘The evening felt very relaxed and our guests felt welcomed and valued. Thank you all for your patience and understanding and the positive experience.’

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