The team at Specsavers Peterborough is remembering those in need this Christmas time with a series of fund-raising activities.
Pledge to raise £500
This December, staff members hope to raise £500 to equip Peterborough’s homeless with ‘Winter Survival Packs’. Team members are also providing free eye care to the homeless community.
Free eye tests and glasses
The campaign starts on Wednesday 9 December when 16 homeless men and women will attend the store for free sight tests and free glasses. Peterborough’s Council Officer, Miss Sarah Scase, has assisted Specsavers colleagues by identifying those in need to attend the store.
In addition to the free eye care consultations, the team will be seeking sponsorship for the cause on ‘Wear a Christmas Jumper’ day on Friday 18 December. Steve Emmingham, store director at Specsavers Peterborough is working alongside assistant manager Mansura Rahemtullah to manage activities that also includes a quiz night.
Both said: ‘We have been saddened and appalled to see men and women sleeping rough on the city centre streets during these cold winter months. No one should have to endure the depressing isolation of being alone and vulnerable. We spoke with our colleagues and all committed to play our role in helping where we can. Our pledge to raise £500 will provide Winter Survival Packs consisting of warm clothing and bedding. We are thrilled to say we have already raised £160 so the cause clearly resonates with the community. We appreciate our skills and expertise in eye health can add value too, and we are delighted to provide free eye tests and glasses to a group of individuals who are very much in need.’
Help staff hit their target
According to the latest figures from homeless.org.uk (published, February 2015), 2,744 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in England. This is up 55% from 2010. To help Specsavers reach their goal, please donate via the Just Giving site here.