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Newport store cycles to success for children’s charity

28 February, 2017
(l-r) Jo Lewis, retail floor manager and Clare Baker, team leader at Specsavers Austin Friars
Left to right: Jo Lewis, retail floor manager and Clare Baker, team leader at Specsavers Austin Friars

A fitness fundraiser at a Newport opticians has raised £200 for a Welsh children’s hospice.

Cycling for charity

Staff at Specsavers in Austin Friars took part in an event which saw team members cycle 150 miles on a static bike and row 100 miles in store over one weekend.

The equipment for the fundraiser was provided by Pure Gym on John Frost Square and the team raised £200 for Tŷ Hafan.

‘Inspired by the health kick many of us try to adopt at the start of the New Year, we set a challenge for the staff that would push them both physically and mentally,’ says Clare Baker, Specsavers team leader in Newport.

‘As tough as the physical activities were for staff, knowing that their efforts were raising money for the families at Tŷ Hafan made it all worthwhile. The challenges were a fantastic success that saw customers, friends and members of the community give generously to a cause we are so proud to support, and we would also like to thank Pure Gym for providing us with such great equipment to do this challenge in the first place.’

Partnership with Tŷ Hafan

Specsavers announced its partnership with Tŷ Hafan in September 2016, kicking off the year-long commitment with a donation of £10,958 - the amount it costs the charity to provide a family with 24 hours of care.

The charity cares for life-limited children and young people, and provides vital support to their families, both within the hospice and through its community outreach programme.

Since 1999, it has supported 689 children across Wales, 263 of which are currently under its care.

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