A store director at Specsavers donned her walking boots for charity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of LOROS Hospice, raising more than £3,000.

Between 20 and 26 September, Bhavna Hughes, store director at Specsavers in Bedworth, Rugby and Nuneaton, endeavoured to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of those who require palliative care in the Leicestershire and Rutland area. Having recently lost her mum to an age-related illness, the climb had a very personal significance for Bhavna.

A word from the store director

‘I decided that I wanted to give something back to the amazing people who do such an important and meaningful job caring for those in need in the local community,’ explained Bhavna. ‘It was an enormous undertaking, and unfortunately, during the climb I began to feel extremely ill, so didn’t quite make it the full way. I’m disappointed, but I’ve been humbled by the support I’ve had from customers, friends and family.’

A great cause

Bhavna has been fundraising since August through her JustGiving page, which has so far received 72 donations, reaching a total of £3,002 of her £3,000 target.

‘I would like to say a huge thank you for all the donations to my page,’ continued Bhavna. ‘My aim was simply to raise as much as possible for this wonderful cause.’

LOROS is a charity whose aim is to enhance the quality of life of adult patients with cancer, progressive neurological conditions and end-stage organ failure for whom curative treatment is no longer possible. Patients are treated at the Hospice and in the community based upon clinical need, regardless of background and ability to pay.

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