Lakeside store helps sprinkle a little festive magic for local children and families

AFTER a tough year for children, young people and families in Thurrock, the team at Specsavers Lakeside wanted to do something to sprinkle a little magic over their festive season.

So, for the sixth year in a row, they’ve collected a massive haul of toys to donate to Thurrock Council’s Give a Gift campaign, and have also collected three trolley-loads of long-life food to donate to their local food bank, the Trussell Trust food bank in Thurrock.

The toys, including board games, art and craft supplies, musical instruments and soft toys, have now been handed over to the Council for distribution to local children and young people before Christmas, while the food will be collected shortly for the food bank to share with local families.

Jay Visrolia, store partner at Specsavers Lakeside, said: ‘We’re really pleased to have been able to support Thurrock Council’s Give a Gift campaign again this year. The pandemic has been very difficult for all of us, and has had an impact on our children and young people in many different ways, so being able to sprinkle a little magic over their Christmas is more important than ever.

Give a Gift is an incredible campaign, and we’d like to thank our customers, staff and friends and family for being so generous this year. We’d also like to thank them all for their generous donations to our collection for the food bank, which we know will make a massive difference to local families.’

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education at Thurrock Council, said: ‘Give a Gift has always seen overwhelming support from the residents and businesses of Thurrock.

I would like to thank the team at Specsavers Lakeside from the bottom of my heart as the Council and local businesses work together to bring a little magic to those children in the borough who need it most on Christmas Day.’

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