Specsavers in Rutherglen is joining forces with the Salvation Army to provide support to pensioners this winter.

The Stonelaw Road store is sponsoring two of the charity’s Christmas lunches this year – on 11 and 13 December – by helping with the cost of food and drink.

Rutherglen Salvation Army’s lunch clubs – which run Monday to Friday throughout the year – provide pensioners who are socially isolated with a hot meal and some company.

The Christmas event will provide support at a time which can be very difficult for older people.

Offering support and company

Specsavers store director Peter Beaton said: ‘The Salvation Army’s lunch club is a vital part of the day-to-day routine for vulnerable older people in Rutherglen. It not only provides hearty and filling food – it also offers support and company.

'It’s such an important part of the community and we’re very proud to be involved in sponsoring two of the festive events.

‘Christmas can be a very lonely time of year for a lot of people, especially older ladies and gents. The Salvation Army does a lot to alleviate feelings of social isolation and is a fantastic source of support. We’re delighted to be involved.’

Not alone at Christmas

Officer in charge Major Mary Boyd said: ‘Thank you so much to Peter and Ann and the team at the store. Our Christmas lunches are very popular and they’re a very important social event for older people who are facing the prospect of Christmas alone.

‘It’s likely we’ll see around 60 people across the two lunch days, so the store is doing a lot to help a significant number of older people in the community.’

For more information on the Christmas lunch clubs, call Mary and the Salvation Army team on 0141 647 0910.

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