Specsavers in Northampton held a fundraising day in store on Saturday 25 November, raising funds for local charity Saint Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) on behalf of Saint Aidan’s Catholic Church.

Members of the team from Specsavers on Abington Street planned all sorts of festivities to raise vital funds for the charity. SVP work to befriend those who are housebound and lonely by visiting them in their homes, care homes, hospitals or hospices.

Range of fundraising activities

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 be ditching 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 are also aiming to make food parcels and Martin is planning to deliver them to the housebound over the Christmas period.

A word from the store director

Store director, Marinos Constantinides, said: ‘We were delighted to host a charity day to fund the remarkable work of the SVP. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who popped down.

‘Whether it was for a sweet treat, to get your face painted, to win big on our tombola or just felt like popping down to see what’s going on, then we are extremely grateful.’

About SVP

Established in 1833, SVP is a lay organisation that’s 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. 

As well as visiting the vulnerable members of our community in their homes, the volunteers take them out on visits to socialise or when they need shopping. The charity also helps these individuals materialistically in the form of furniture, clothing, bedding and food, whenever and wherever it is needed.

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