A proud St Anne’s Specsavers staff member and four close friends have raised a toast at the summit of Ben Nevis as well as £1,500 for three cancer charities in tribute to one of their best pals.

Optical lab assistant Adam Waterworth organised the daunting charity challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

The team reached the summit of Ben Nevis on July 7th to mark the birthday of Joseph Holmes, who passed away following a battle with cancer recently.

Adam said: 'The hike was a challenge but definitely worth it. We want to raise as much money as possible for the three amazing charities who helped our much loved friend Joseph Holmes throughout his battle with cancer which he sadly recently lost at an age much too young.

'Nothing can replace the void that has been left in all our hearts with his passing, but we hope with your kind donations and support we can make a difference to the many children, teenagers and adults alike who currently have to deal with this horrible disease in their daily lives.

'We climbed to the summit on his birthday and raised a glass to an amazingly unique, kind and creative individual. The trek was completely self-funded by each group member so the entirety of what is raised will be equally split between Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan, and Rainbows Hospice.

'We hope the money raised can help make a difference to other people with cancer and their loved ones.

'We would also all like to thank the Specsavers team at St Anne’s and everyone who has made donations for their support and contributions.'

Edwin Shields, store director at St Anne’s added: 'The team here are very proud of Adam and his friends for their hard work in completing the climb and for their drive to help make a difference for this very worthy cause.'

So far the group have exceeded their fundraising target, raising £1,400. If you would like to donate you can visit the team’s fundraising page

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