Opticians go the extra mile
Months of intense fundraising recently came to an end for Specsavers in Ryde, resulting in £1,000 being raised for local charity, Caring Cancer Trust.
In the summer, staff at the store set themselves the mammoth task of walking 828.2 miles on a treadmill to raise vital funds for the charity’s Kids2Go project, which provides holidays to children recovering from cancer. The target of 828.2 miles is the exact distance from the Specsavers to the Italian Alpines, which is one of the holiday destinations for the children.
Recently the store hosted a fun day to celebrate the last few miles being walked and to mark the overall achievement. A raffle took place with customers winning an array of prizes donated by local businesses. There was also a lucky dip where customers won money off designer frames as well as free coatings and treatments.
Tim Kidd, Specsavers Ryde store director says: ‘‘I would like to thank the team for their considerable efforts and for raising a sizeable amount for such a worthy cause. There have definitely been some tired legs in the store but the dedication and hard work has paid off. It’s also down to the generosity of local residents that we’ve been able to achieve this amount and we would like to thank everyone who has donated to the cause.’
Caring Cancer Trust
Caring Cancer Trust provides hands-on in-patient support to Children with Cancer, working in association with regional hospital specialist children's oncology wards, providing amenities and where necessary, financial aid for parents and siblings.