A trio of staff at Specsavers in St Helens have raised almost £1,000 for two charities following a bout of fundraising initiatives. 

Donning their running shoes, three employees raced to raise money for Parkinsons UK and the Honey Rose Foundation. 40 year-old store manager Hannah Smee and her husband, 45 year-old contact lens fitter Mark raised £327 for national charity Parkinsons UK, which provides support and research into this progressive neurological condition.

Meanwhile, 33 year-old dispensing manager James Helsby raised £159 for local St Helens charity, the Honey Rose Foundation, which grants wishes to adults facing terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

Matched contributions raise almost £1,000

Showing its support for those employees dedicated to fundraising, Specsavers in St Helens matched these contributions, bringing the grand total of monies raised to £972 so far this year.

Store director at Specsavers in St Helens, Tom Lowry, commented: ‘I’m extremely proud of the work that Hannah, Mark and James have done in raising money for these valuable causes. Not only are they a credit to their families and of course, Specsavers, this effort also illustrates their selfless character.

‘As a store, we always try to support our excellent team of staff, so matching the funds was a natural next step for us, and ensures we’re giving back what we can to the local and charitable communities.’

Supporting great local charities

James said: ‘The Honey Rose Foundation is a great local charity, which earlier this year, granted a wish to friend of mine who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. She’s a huge Emmerdale fan and The Honey Rose Foundation arranged for her to visit the set. They even arranged for the actor who plays Andy Sugden to run last year’s St Helens 10k.’

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