LAST minute Christmas shoppers were offered a helping hand in return for vital donations to a children's charity.
Supporters gave up their Saturday afternoon to help pack bags at Marks and Spencer in Epping High Street in aid of The Dream Factory.
Among the bag packers were Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, former town mayor Ben Murphy and the charity's founder Avril Mills.
The Dream Factory grants wishes to children and young adults aged from three to 25 who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.
Mr Murphy is about to embark on a weight loss challenge in aid of the cause. For more information, click here.