Staff from Specsavers in Dewsbury and Batley have taken part in the Grantham Tough Mudder to raise money to provide both towns with life-saving equipment.

Tough Mudder

The team at Specsavers in Dewsbury and Batley joined forces on the 20 May to tackle the renowned Tough Mudder challenge as part of a campaign to increase public access to defibrillators in both towns. The teams worked together through the 12-mile obstacle course, combining their mental and physical abilities as their strength, stamina and grit were put to the test.

The life-saving defibrillators, which the money raised will buy, are used to give a high energy electric shock to someone in cardiac arrest.

Around 30,000 people each year go into cardiac arrest outside the confines of a hospital and for every minute that passes the survival rate decreases by 10 per cent. Thus, the provision of these public access defibrillators will be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

A word from the store director

Paul Smith, director of both Dewsbury and Batley stores, said: ‘The team were extremely excited to take on the Tough Mudder, and their preparation definitely paid off. We were eager to raise as much money as possible to ensure both towns have immediate access to life-saving defibrillators.’

Great effort

As well as participating in the Tough Mudder, both stores are engaging in additional fundraising efforts to help raise enough money for the defibrillators. These include a bake sale and a raffle – the winner of which will get the cost of their glasses back. 

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