Specsavers staff put their best foot forward to help a colleague raise much-needed money for Macmillan Cancer Support and remember the loss of a loved one. The employees of Burnham-on-Sea Specsavers joined up with friends and family to walk from the jetty to the lighthouse and back again – raising £315, with funds still coming in.
The staff braved driving winds to undertake the walk in aid of Dawn Crawford, who passed away last May after battling cancer.
Faye Crawford, clinical coordinator at the store and Dawn’s sister-in-law, said: ‘The walk was a great success and we were all able to remember Dawn in our own way. It was so cold, but I’m proud of everyone who took part and those who have donated to this amazing cause. We were extremely lucky that we had time to say our goodbyes to Dawn, even though they were short, but we will all treasure that time. Dawn was an amazing woman. A strong lady, funny, kind and a great friend. She loved her family and her life. There is a massive hole that’s been left in all our lives. Before she died, I told her I was going to do this walk and she gave me her blessing.
Faye added: ‘We’re proud to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. They’re an amazing charity. They’re always there to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.’
In addition to the walk, participants decorated stones and hid them along the route for the children to find. Rama Venkat paid tribute to his staff’s passion and commitment to the sponsored walk. He added: I’m very proud of everyone who took part in the walk and raised money for such an important cause. I know how keen they were to honour Dawn’s memory and to do what they could to help Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s been said a lot, but that’s because it’s true – everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer.’
Anyone wanting to donate to the fundraising total can go online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dawnsfairyarmy.