Two staff members at Specsavers in Cambridge-Lions Yard completed an awesome challenge on 6 May up Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, raising over £2,000 for two fantastic charities.

Optical assistant Rachel Sims decided to raise money for Royal Papworth Hospital after their exceptional care of her brother David, who was diagnosed with Endocarditis – a serious heart condition. She raised £915 for the cause

A thank you for the fantastic care

Rachel said: ‘The care my brother received from the nurses, doctors, consultants and catering staff was exceptional. I am choosing to help fundraise for the Royal Papworth Hospital due to the amazing care and life-saving treatment they provide to hundreds of patients every year. We are so grateful that he received such exemplary service from them and I am happy to say that he was able to return to normal life some months after his long hospital stay.’

Manager of Specsavers in Cambridge-Lions Yard, James Dye chose to donate money to Group B Strep Support, who helped when his baby niece Florence was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis just four days after she was born. He collected a whopping £1,108 for the charity.

Helping to save tiny lives

James said: ‘Group B Streptococcus is the UK's most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under the age of three months. On average in the UK at least-two babies a day develop a group B Strep infection - one baby a week dies from their GBS infection and one baby a week survives with long-term disabilities – physical, mental or both. Yet most group B Strep infections are preventable. Group B Strep Support informs families and health professionals about group B Strep to save tiny lives.

Snowdon stands at 1,085m high and takes six hours to climb.

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