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Trio eye up cycling challenge

03 March, 2017
Specsavers in Kettering has pledged its support to Guide Dogs UK
Left to right: David Claffey, Kiran Parmar-Hill and Mark Tunrner

Three members of staff from Specsavers in Kettering will be undertaking a gruelling 180-mile cycling challenge around two counties later this year to raise funds for Guide Dogs UK.  

Charity support

Mark Turner and David Claffey, store directors in Kettering and nearby Corby, along with lab manager Kiran Parmar-Hill, will be visiting 17 Specsavers stores across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in May, and are looking for sponsorship in the lead up to the big challenge. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit the team’s fundraising page: Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit the team’s fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/specsaversketteringguidedogs

Mark commented: ‘Last year we set ourselves a challenge to raise £5,000 for Guide Dogs between both stores, all of which will go towards training a new guide dog puppy. We have raised around £1,600 so far, and we’re hoping that this challenge will give our fundraising total a boost.’

Making a difference

David said: ‘We’re working hard to prepare for the challenge, and we’d like to encourage our local community to help us raise as much money as we can. Guide Dogs UK is a brilliant charity and provides such a valuable service and makes a big difference to people across the country. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to offer our support.’

Guide Dogs UK provides essential aid and support to the blind or partially sighted, giving them freedom, mobility, emotional support and independence, as well as much-needed companionship. Guide dog puppies will be trained for 20 months before being matched with a new owner. To find out more about Guide Dogs UK, go to www.guidedogs.org.uk/.  

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