Exmouth staff member and running enthusiast, Sophie Whitehorn, has been celebrating after completing a gruelling three half marathon challenge in aid of the Stroke Association. Sophie decided to take on the challenge following the death of her grandfather from a stroke.

In memory of grandad

Sophie said: ‘I took part in the races as the Stroke Association is a charity close to my heart. I lost my grandad to a stroke in November 2012. I was extremely close to him and I wanted to raise money to help others as I have seen first-hand how devastating it can be.’

Sophie continued: ‘I have been training for several months, often having to run in the cold and wet weather, which hasn't been easy. The races I have taken part in so far have gone really well. In my last race, I completed 15k in an hour and 30 minutes. I felt great, but was exhausted.’

Having raised more than £700, Sophie plans to continue her fundraising efforts for the Stroke Association with the full support of her family, friends and work colleagues at Exmouth Specsavers.

Store and community support

Ria Heskins, store director at Specsavers Exmouth, said: ‘Sophie has achieved so much and we couldn’t be prouder to support her.’

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to prevent strokes and achieve life after a stroke by providing services, campaigning, education and research.

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