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Okehampton Opticians staff run Rock Solid for cerebral palsy

07 April, 2016
Matt Rattenbury, Sophie Jeffreys and friend, Andrew Parnell, at the finish line

Inspired by a father’s plea to help his daughter walk, two Okehampton staff took on the 10k Rock Solid challenge in Escot Park, Exeter, on Sunday 20 March.

Matt Rattenbury and Sophie Jeffreys raised £250 from the challenge and are thrilled with the support that they received via donations in store.

Matt, a dispensing optician at the store, said: ‘The obstacle course was beyond tough, but it was worth every muddy bruise, ache and pain!’

Vital Help

Emma, aged just two, suffers from cerebral palsy and has been undergoing a series of painful Botox injections in her legs, which until recently were in casts, to help straighten her legs and feet, but if her parents can raise the £35,000 necessary for the operation her quality of life could be improved dramatically.

Matt continued: ‘I met my friend Damon at an international board game convention a while back and when he told me about what his daughter was going through I really wanted to help. Sophie did a great job and I can’t thank her and everyone that has supported us enough. If we can help Damon with just a few pounds it will move his daughter that bit closer to walking.’

Proud Supporters

Store director, Karen Reader, said: ‘We’re so proud of Matt and Sophie. The cause is very personal to them and it was a wonderful opportunity for the store to support them in their fundraising efforts. Looking at the Rock Solid course, I think they earned every penny as well!’

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