Specsavers Cheltenham North West was paid a visit by a four-legged friend as part of its support for a visually impaired runner taking on this year’s London Marathon. 

The store welcomed Jayne and her guide dog, Keble as part of a fundraising day. Cheltenham resident Jayne will be running the 26.2-mile route around London next month with her guide runner to raise money for Guide Dogs. Harriet Smith, who works as an optometrist at the store, has been helping Jane with her training. 

Fitting tribute 

Jayne and Keble were guests of honour and customers were able to take part in a tombola to help Jayne reach her target of £2,000.

‘I’m delighted Specsavers is getting behind my fundraising effort,’ said Jayne. ‘I’ve raised £1,200 already but with race day getting ever closer, it’s great to have some extra support. I was inspired to take on the marathon after my first guide dog, Ginty, was forced into early retirement in May 2018. She was such a special dog to me, and in the four and a half years we were together, allowed me to do so many things which I’d never have thought possible, including starting to run. 

‘I would not have had the courage to try out a track running night were it not for Ginty. We completed 10k races, half marathons and even an obstacle race so what more fitting way could I think of than to honour everything she gave me, as well as other blind and partially sighted people, than taking on my biggest challenge yet!’

Huge challenge

‘When we heard about Jayne’s challenge from Harriet, we were really keen to help,’ said store director Terry Weldon. ‘We’ve been hearing about all the training they’ve been doing and know what a huge undertaking it is. The whole team wants to wish the two of them the very best of luck come Sunday 28 April.’ 

You can make a donation to Jayne’s fundraising effort by popping into the store or visiting her fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamginty19 

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