Specsavers in Bridgend is urging people to donate their preloved toys to a new centre aimed at supporting vulnerable local children and their families.

Donation of furniture

The Adare Street store has already donated furniture to a counselling room at the Mulligan Community (MC) Centre Bridgend, which hosts services for the most disadvantaged and in-need.

Ahead of a second site opening in spring at the former Tondu Ironworks, named ‘MC Centre Parc Tondu’, the opticians is now organising a used toy drive for the MC Centre Bridgend’s toy library.

The store will be collecting toys in good condition, for newborns through to teenagers, up until April 30th.

‘Hoping residents will join us’

‘As soon as we became aware of the plans for the new MC Centre and understood its long-term vision for Bridgend and Tondu, we knew we had to do our bit to help,’ said Carly Hickson, store manager.

‘Equipping the counselling room signified our firm commitment to enhancing this community service. Now, we’re hoping Bridgend’s residents will join us, by digging out their unwanted but well-looked-after toys.’

The MC Centres provide families and individuals with vital support groups and services, in a bid to stamp out poverty and social exclusion. The new MC Centre in Parc Tondu will host the same services as their current operation in Bridgend, offering a Help Hub, Family Hub, Training Hub and Business Hub.

‘Overwhelmed by generosity’

When Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers’ founders, heard about the centre’s plans, they donated £1,000 to the cause and suggested the centre contact the Bridgend store.

‘I was overwhelmed by the generosity of Mr Perkins and Dame Mary and of the subsequent support from the Bridgend store,’ said Amanda Kirk, director of Mulligan Community.

‘It is fantastic to know that local community businesses believe in what we are doing and want to leave their mark on the MC Centres. I hope it inspires others to do likewise.’

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