Food bank donations flood in for Christmas

Specsavers, Bicester hand over food,money and raffle prizes to Bicester Food Bank. From the left, Jayne Grantham, Specsavers, Janet Ray, Food Bank, Dan Murrin and Phil Worrall, Specsavers.'121219M-D792
Specsavers, Bicester hand over food,money and raffle prizes to Bicester Food Bank. From the left, Jayne Grantham, Specsavers, Janet Ray, Food Bank, Dan Murrin and Phil Worrall, Specsavers.'121219M-D792

Specsavers Opticians in Bicester handed over a large quantity of groceries to Bicester Food Bank on Wednesday after generous donations from members of the public.

The opticians in Crown Walk collected non-perishable food on behalf of the town’s food bank, which is based at Bicester Methodist Church.

The store also presented the charity with £60 raised during the appeal, and donated two boxes of chocolates to the food bank’s raffle.

Store director Sarah Marshall said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has donated something, we’ve been inundated with gifts of food.

“For those who are struggling this Christmas, I’m sure it will now be a little better thanks to local people’s generosity.”

Bicester Food Bank was established in 2006. Janet Ray, manager of Bicester Food Bank, said: “This food donation will be a lifeline to many people, helping to add a little sparkle to their Christmas.

“For some, the donations they receive via the Food Bank really are a lifeline and would otherwise mean facing a pretty bleak Christmas.”

The food bank meets at Bicester Methodist Church every Tuesday and Friday from 12pm to 2pm.