Specsavers in Northampton held a fundraising day in store on Saturday 25 November, raising £500 for local charity Saint Vincent De Paul Society (SVP), which works to befriend those who are housebound and lonely by visiting them in their homes, care homes, hospitals or hospices.

Charity day

To support the charity’s work, Specsavers in Northampton held a cake sale, tombola, face painting, and a treasure hunt for children. The team also ditched their uniforms for the day in favour of Christmas jumpers and the store was decorated for the festive season. 

Martin Dix, at Specsavers Northampton, is a member of St Aidan’s Church and volunteers himself by regularly visiting people in their home for companionship. The team at Specsavers will use the money to make food and gift parcels and Martin is planning to deliver them to the housebound over the Christmas period.

Store director, Marinos Constantinides, said: ‘It was a great day and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved, from raising funds to coming down to the store and supporting us on the day. 

‘Thanks to the generosity of our local community, we are now able to use the £500 to make food and gift parcels to deliver over Christmas for SVP.’

Saint Vincent De Paul Society (SVP)

Established in 1833, SVP is a lay organisation whose aim is to tackle poverty in all its forms through practical assistance to those in need. There are only eight volunteers at the church, including Martin, who visit at least 30 people in the local community. 

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