Specsavers in Bridlington has confirmed its fundraising mission for 2016 is for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
It’s a cause that has come to the team’s attention as sadly In-store Trainer and Dispenser Jackie Fairbairn has been diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.
Jackie, 54, has dedicated 15 years of her career to Specsavers working 10 years at the Scarborough store and the past five in Bridlington.
Jackie began noticing symptoms last April and has been undergoing tests across the past year before her diagnosis was confirmed earlier this year.
Motor neurone disease is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.
May is the month of fundraising
It has set itself a total of £3,000 to raise which is going to be donated to the local branch of the motor neurone disease association which will help purchase a much needed mechanical chair for sufferers in the district as currently there is only one chair available.
The first event will be a cycleton on 17 May, whereby a static bike will be situated outside of the Specsavers store and the team will be attempting to cycle 1,000 miles in one day. This will be followed by four ladies, Keeley Farren, Rebecca Gaines, Laura Nurse and Claire Watson, taking part in a 10k run on 20 May and then a 5k walk relay in the town is also being finalised.
Mark Kunz, store director at Bridlington Specsavers, said: “We’re all very saddened by Jackie’s diagnosis and want to do all we can to help and be supportive. Jackie is a much treasured member of the team and has dedicated the past five years to the store so there is no question that we would focus all our fundraising efforts to the charity that will support her. It blows my mind that there is only one chair available, and others in Bridlington need access to it too.
To date, from having a tin at the till and by setting up a justgiving page, the team has raised nearly £400. Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so by popping into store or by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Bridlington-Specsavers