A WINSFORD optician is supporting families in need.

Staff at Specsavers have donated £307 to Mid Cheshire Foodbank.

Funds donated by the optical and audiology business were topped up by donations from customers through a JustGiving appeal.

Together with Specsavers stores across the north west, more than £25,000 was raised for foodbanks across the region.

Emma Ford, director at the Winsford store, said: "We know what an incredibly difficult year last year was for our local communities due to the impact of the pandemic.

"We see people from our nearby communities every day in our stores and hear their stories, it can be incredibly upsetting. So we feel very strongly about doing our bit to support them.

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"The response from stores across the region has been incredible and we have all been completely overwhelmed to learn how much has been raised."

Each store made an individual commitment to donate funds to a foodbank in their neighbourhood to ensure they are directly supporting residents and families living close by.

A spokesman for Specsavers said: "Foodbank use has climbed significantly and food poverty continues to grow. As a result of the donations, it is hoped that foodbanks are able to provide even more support and wrap around services to the increasing amounts of people being referred to them."

Specsavers in Queens Parade at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre remains open throughout lockdown for eye care and hearing needs in accordance with Government guidelines.