A CHRISTMAS treasure hunt kicks off across Middlewich today, Friday, as Jack's ushers in the festive season.

The supermarket, off Wheelock Street, has hidden Christmas baubles containing prizes – including gift cards and sweet prizes – as a special treat for shoppers.

As the trail begins, Jack's is holding a Christmas celebration in store on Sunday, December 8, to celebrate the season to be jolly while thanking customers who have supported the store since its launch.

Running from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, there will be plenty on offer for families to enjoy – all free of charge – including Christmas-themed facepainting, sweet treats and festive-themed food sampling.

Darren Preston, store manager at Jack’s Middlewich, said: “We love Christmas here at Jack's.

"We wanted to do something fun for our local community to celebrate the festive season and to thank our customers for their support since we opened last year.

"We hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to come down and join in the fun, and try some of our delicious Christmas food items, which celebrates the very best of British.

"We're also very excited about our Middlewich treasure hunt and wish everyone good luck with their bauble search!”

As part of the celebration, Walking With The Wounded will be fundraising in store for its Walking Home For Christmas campaign.

Every penny raised will directly support Walking With The Wounded's employment, mental health and care coordination programmes for 'at risk' ex-military to help them back into society and lead independent lives.

Andy Sloan, event manager at Walking With The Wounded, said: “We’re very grateful to the Tesco Armed Forces Network and Jack’s for supporting our Christmas campaign ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ which is seeing well over 1,000 fundraising walks across the UK.

"Christmas is a great time if you have a home, a job, a family and are in a good place mentally.

"It’s tough if you’re not, so any sign-ups to Walking Home For Christmas, or donations at the collections at Jack’s stores enable us to support veterans who are socially isolated to get back into work and independence so that next Christmas they can support themselves and their families.”