Opticians in Shipley and Idle appealed for donations to a Bradford homelessness charity this Christmas and hundreds of local people responded to the call.

Specsavers stores in Market Square, Shipley, and within Morrisons in Idle collected toiletries and warm clothing from generous customers. It is the latest in a string of Christmas appeals which the store has carried out in recent years.

Humbling experience 

Specsavers staff distributed more than 80 goody bags at Monday Munch Homeless Support’s Christmas weekly outreach event this week.

Senior optical dispenser, Lindsay Wolstencroft, attended the event, along with six of her colleagues, and described the experience as humbling.

‘I found the whole evening quite emotional. Everyone was in good spirits, wishing each other a Merry Christmas, and we could see just how much our donation and the support of Monday Munch means to those who came along.

‘Anyone of us could find ourselves in need at any time, and we know that Christmas can be especially difficult for those who have little.

Community compassion

‘There is a very real and urgent need for help in our community, but it’s clear that there is also such a lot of compassion amongst our friends and neighbours. We were blown away by the response to our appeal and want to pass on our heartfelt thanks to everyone who got involved. We have been inspired to do more for the cause in 2020.’

For more information or to support Monday Munch, pop into either of the stores or visit the charity’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mondayhomeless/