The Bridgend team have donated 25 pre-loved toys to a local centre which supports vulnerable, low-income families.

Stamping out poverty

The Adare Street store encouraged customers and staff to donate any unwanted but well-looked-after toys they had to Mulligan Community Centre, which provides families and individuals with vital support groups and services aimed at stamping out poverty and social exclusion.

In addition to providing reduced office space and professional training rooms to organisations, the centre has a range of services for low-income families and those at risk of becoming homeless.

These include family contact rooms that are used by social workers and debt counsellors; a clothes swap shop; and a variety of donated baby equipment, such as pushchairs, baths and cots, that can be accessed by those in need. There is also a toy library, which is always in need of refreshing.

Much needed support

Store manager Carly Hickson said: ‘The work the Mulligan Community Centre does in our county is unique and, unfortunately, much-needed. 

‘We think of ourselves as a community service and business and are keen to help whenever and however we can. This is our second toy drive for the centre and the response from our customers, as always, has been fantastic.’

The opticians has held several fundraising initiatives since Specsavers’ founders, Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, first heard about the centre’s plans to relocate and donated £1,000, as well as suggesting they get in touch with the Bridgend store.

Amazing generosity

Amanda Kirk, director of Mulligan Community Centre, said: ‘The generosity from local residents and Specsavers’ customers has once again been overwhelming.

‘It’s great to know that local people and businesses believe in what we’re doing and want to support our work. I hope Specsavers’ generosity and support inspires others to follow suit.’

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