Four members of staff from an Airdrie opticians are currently training for the Great Scottish Run in October with the aim to raise hundreds of pounds for Dementia UK.

Retail manager Ewan Grieve, optometrist Claire Wotherspoon, optician Stephen Kirley and dispensing optician Michael Tester from Specsavers in Airdrie and Coatbridge are planning to complete the half marathon later this year in aid of the national charity.

Staff from Specsavers in both Airdrie and Coatbridge recently completed Dementia Friends training to help better understand dementia and improve services for sufferers.

A word from our store director

Andrew McGonagle, store director at Specsavers Airdrie, said: ‘We’re very proud to support Ewan, Claire, Stephen and Michael in their charity race and we wish them all the best in training and on race day.

‘Dementia is much more complex than simply affecting someone’s memory and being more aware of dementia is an incredibly positive development for our team and our offering to customers.

‘It’s great that the team have chosen Dementia UK as their beneficiary for the Great Scottish Run and I hope with support from the local community, we can help them raise a fantastic sum for charity.’

To help support the fundraising efforts of the team at Specsavers Airdrie and donate to Dementia UK, please visit

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