The team at Specsavers in Cannock cycled 244 miles on a static bike on Red Nose Day (Friday 15 March), raising more than £300 for Comic Relief.
Kindly provided by Pure Gym, the bike was pedalled continuously by members of staff from the store, who originally set out to cover the distance between Cannock and Giggleswick in North Yorkshire but ended up doubling the distance by going there and back.
A word from the store director
‘We wanted to do something to support Comic Relief and the team was really keen to take on a more physical challenge,’ said store director, Claire Blandford. ‘Given the humorous theme of Comic Relief we thought we’d pick a place that was not only a fair distance away but that also had a funny name. Giggleswick seemed to fit the bill!
‘Our customers really got behind us on the day and the Cannock community were exceptionally generous and supportive. The two staff members from Pure Gym who delivered the bike even clocked up a few miles for us with a stint each, helping us to be able to double our distance.’
Since becoming an official supporter of Comic Relief in 2015, Specsavers has raised £1million by selling funny frames. It’s the third Red Nose Day that Specsavers stores have supported the charity in this way, with this year’s red glasses jester theme in keeping with the charity’s comic ethos.
Customers who would like to recycle the frames after Red Nose Day will be able to return them to the store and they will be sent on to a specialist recycling company.