South Shields optician’s has an eye on helping charity

From left, Women's Aid's Kathryn McClafferty, Claire Paterson of Specsavers and Women's Aid worker Gemma Aslan.
From left, Women's Aid's Kathryn McClafferty, Claire Paterson of Specsavers and Women's Aid worker Gemma Aslan.

A women’s refuge centre in South Tyneside is able to spread Christmas joy to children in need after a welcome boost.

South Tyneside Women’s Aid is collecting gifts, in partnership with the charity Places for People, to hand out to women and children under its care this festive season.

The collection was given a boost by staff and customers at South Shields optician’s Specsavers.

Staff at the optician’s, in King Street, collected donations from customers and members of the public throughout December to hand over to the refuge.

Bryan Clark, director of Specsavers in South Shields, said: “We are delighted with the amount of parcels we have been able to collect in aid of Places for People.

“The charity does great work each year caring for those less fortunate, and being able to give them a gift to open on Christmas morning will mean the world to the recipients.

“I would like to thank all of our customers for their generosity and wish everyone a Merry Christmas from Specsavers in South Shields.”

Places for People, in partnership with South Tyneside Women’s Aid, offers advice and support as well as safe, temporary and emergency accommodation to women, with or without children, at risk of domestic abuse.

South Tyneside Women’s Aid celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by burying a time capsule.

Places For People, in partnership with South Tyneside Women’s Aid, has helped 770 women and 669 children at its South Shields base, since it opened a decade ago.

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