Should have gone to Hemel Hempstead’s Specsavers if you want to support the homeless

Specsavers' dispensing directory Mervyn Marsh with DENS chief executive Andrew Liversidge.
Specsavers' dispensing directory Mervyn Marsh with DENS chief executive Andrew Liversidge.

A Hemel Hempstead opticians has a keen eye for opportunities to support the homeless in Dacorum.

A month-long promotion by Specsavers in Marlowes – which has recently celebrated its 18th birthday – has contributed more than £1,000 to Dacorum’s homelessness charity DENS.

The store offered to donate £1 from every eye test sold to the charity, as well as holding collections.

It is now also launching a collection for the DENS Dacorum food bank, with a trolley in-store for people to drop off spare, non-perishable food items.

The store’s dispensing director Mervyn Marsh said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have raised £1,349 during the month of October.

“We have now also launched our food bank collection for DENS to assist them to support the less fortunate in our community.”

DENS chief executive Andrew Liversidge said: “We are grateful to Specsavers for their ongoing support for DENS. The funds raised for DENS from the October promotion will help towards providing much needed support for homeless people in Dacorum.

“The demand for our services is growing so support from local businesses like Specsavers is gratefully received.”