Kettering opticians collecting gifts for children in hospital this Christmas

Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts

A Kettering opticians is looking to ensure that children in hospital over Christmas receive gifts this year by collecting shoeboxes full of presents.

Staff from Specsavers at The Mall in the Newlands Centre are encouraging people to donate gifts to spread goodwill during the festive season to children spending Christmas in hospital.

Store director Mark Turner said: “For many of us, Christmas is a time to give and receive gifts with our loved ones, but there are many children in Kettering who won’t be waking up at home to presents under a tree this festive season.

“Spending Christmas in hospital is far from perfect, and we are delighted to be collecting presents to raise a smile for the kids at Kettering General children’s ward.”

People are being asked to take gifts into the store or fill a shoebox of presents and indicate whether it is intended for a boy or girl.

Boxes can be filled with a range of gifts, including toys, school supplies, arts and crafts sets or other items such as hairbrushes, hats, gloves or hair accessories.

Mark added: “We are acting as a collection point so anyone looking to donate a shoebox or to buy an extra gift can bring them directly to us.

“While the items may seem small, they will go a long way to putting smiles on so many faces this Christmas.”

The cut-off date for dropping the gifts off in-store is Wednesday, December 20, when the boxes will be taken to the children’s ward at Kettering General Hospital in time for Christmas Day.

For more information, or to pop into store to make a donation, visit Specsavers at 49 The Mall, Newlands Centre, Kettering, call 01536 412 171 or go to