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Opticians sponsor daring duo in Atlantic challenge

13 April, 2016
Specsavers in Bodmin sponsor a duo in their bid to row across the Atlantic

Specsavers in Bodmin supported two local residents as they completed a challenge of a lifetime.

Specsavers sponsored Neil Blackeby, 52, and Hamish Stewart, 50, who took part in the 2015 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a Trans-Atlantic rowing race from East to West, in aid of charity.

The store sponsored the pair with a £500 donation which went to their chosen charity, Children’s Hospice South West. We have also given two pairs of free glasses to the men to see them through their challenge.

A Heroic Journey

Neil and Hamish set off on Tuesday 15 December from San Sebastian in La Gomera and ended in Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua. They completed the 3000 mile journey in 65 days and 15 hours, during which they were totally self-sufficient, carrying all required safety equipment, food and water.

Proud Sponsors

Joanna McLean, store director at Specsavers Bodmin said: ‘We are thrilled to have sponsored Neil and Hamish on this incredible journey. The time, dedication and will-power that they have put into their training and preparation is mind blowing and their determination to raise as much money as possible for the Children’s Hospice South West is amazing.’

The Children’s Hospice South West provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. To find out more visit http://www.chsw.org.uk/, or to make a donation visit https://www.chsw.org.uk/donate/single-donation.

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