A Reading opticians has supported one of their customers in her quest to raise significant funds for charity.

Marathon de Sables

Charlotte Bennett, a local primary school teacher, recently completed the gruelling Marathon des Sables, a 156 mile run across the Sahara desert to raise over £7500 for the Motor Neuron Disease Association.

On hearing Charlotte was undertaking the super-human challenge, Specsavers, located at Unit A, White Knights Retail Centre, 203-205 Shinfield Road, agreed to sponsor her and provide her with a special pair of all –weather sunglasses.


Specsavers Reading Shinfield Road store director Sanjeev Vara, says: ‘We are all immensely proud of Charlotte. Her determination is an inspiration to us all. As a community focused store we are always looking to support local initiatives and once we spoke to Charlotte we decided this was certainly something we wanted to be part of.

‘On behalf of all my staff we like to congratulate Charlotte on completing this mammoth task and for raising such a sizeable amount for charity’.

Charlotte Bennett, comments: ‘I would like to thank Sanjeev and his team for their sponsorship and continued support. The glasses they provided me we invaluable in surviving the unpredictable weather conditions, particularly the sand storms! If it wasn’t for the generosity and support of people like Specsavers then this would not have been possible’.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

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