Optical assistant, Clare Salisbury, has raised nearly £3,000 for children with critical illnesses after completing the London marathon.

Record number

The 36-year-old optical assistant at Specsavers Ammanford competed alongside nearly 40,000 people, a record number of participants, to finish the 26.2-mile race in five hours and 15 minutes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Specsavers staff, customers and passers-by helped Ms Salisbury raise £3,000 for the charity, which provides respite to children with critical illnesses by fulfilling life-changing wishes – from bedroom makeovers to the opportunity to star in their own film or meet a celebrity hero.

It’s a charity close to her heart, as her six-year-old nephew, Oscar, has Batten disease - a rare and fatal disease of the nervous system. The Make-A-Wish Foundation organised a trip to Disney World for him.

Providing respite

Andrea Jones, deputy manager at the Quay Street store, says: ‘It has obviously been a challenging and difficult time for Clare and her family. The Make-A-Wish Foundation provided a great deal of support to them, offering Oscar and the whole family something they could look forward to and an opportunity to make incredible memories.

‘She was determined to do something to say thank you and her athletic and fundraising achievements have done just that. We’re proud of her for taking on such a gruelling challenge and raising funds so that other families can experience the support they have.’

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