SAINSBURY'S today moved to ease the pain for some of the families hit by the collapse of Christmas savings club Farepak.
The supermarket chain said it have agreed with the company's administrator that customers who opted for Sainsbury's vouchers in the Farepak scheme should be able to receive 25% of the value of their savings.
Swindon-based Farepak ran a savings scheme in which an estimated 150,000 customers put money aside for vouchers and Christmas hampers.
Sainsbury's said the success of its goodwill gesture hinged on the assistance of Farepak agents, who hold details of individual customers.
The retailer said it hoped to dispatch vouchers this month.
In a statement, it added: "We now know that many of Farepak's customers had planned to use their savings to buy Sainsbury's vouchers.
"We hope that through this goodwill gesture we have gone some way to mitigating this difficult situation."