Kind-hearted staff from opticians across Glasgow pulled on their running shoes to take part in the Giffnock North Running Festival 10k, raising vital funds for Visibility.

Super team

The nine-strong ‘super team’ from Specsavers completed the festival’s gruelling 10k course – the Specsavers 10k – raising more than £1,300 for the vision charity which supports children and adults with sight loss in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The funds will go towards helping local people with visual impairment to live independently within their own communities.

A total of nine Specsavers stores from across Glasgow joined forces to become the official sponsor of the overall festival for the fifth year consecutive year, sponsoring its main event.

Specsavers also donated cash and merchandise worth more than £3000. The investment was used to provide race participants with finishers’ t-shirts and sweat bands, as well as discount vouchers for glasses and a free contact lenses trial.

A word from the store director

Ruth Lalor, director of Specsavers Newlands, said: ‘Visibility is a wonderful charity and we were proud to show our support.

‘We wanted to go further than simply sponsoring the event so a number of our staff decided to take on the challenge of running the 10k. The Specsavers ‘super team’ was formed to inspire locals to take part in the race whilst digging deep for a charitable cause which is extremely close to our hearts.'

Fiona Sandford, CEO of Visibility, said: ‘The charitable donation from Specsavers will greatly benefit our charity and we would like to thank the team for their involvement – and to those who dontated.’

The stores behind the sponsorship are Specsavers Barrhead, Byres Road, Clydebank, Glasgow Fort, Forge, Newlands, Paisley, Trongate and Sauchiehall Street.

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