Staff at Specsavers in Bedford braved a gruelling trial of endurance last month by taking part in a truly testing triathlon.

Team members volunteered to race in order to raise money for defibrillators - a device that gives a high energy electric shock to someone who is in cardiac arrest - for three stores, Bedford, St Neots and Biggleswade.

Those participating in the event included Wayne Barry, practice manager; Kevin Constant, senior lab technician; Vita Sivare, dispensing optician; and Matt Stewart, who is the director of Bedford, St Neots and Biggleswade stores.

Tough challenge

The event started at the Bedford store, where those involved ran to Great Barford before kayaking to the St Neots store and then cycling to the Biggleswade branch. The team finally completed their journey with a bicycle ride all the way back to Bedford.

The triathlon covered approximately 65km and took seven hours to compete, with members from all three stores cheering the athletic foursome the entire way.

Outstanding achievement

Tracey Ashpole, retail manager at Specsavers in Bedford, said: ‘We’re all so proud of the team for taking part in this tough challenge – it really is an outstanding achievement by all involved.

‘We believe it is vital for all stores to have a defibrillator on site. A previous incident at our store involving a member of the public highlighted the need to have access to a potentially lifesaving device.

‘We’ve raised an amazing amount of £1,500 so far, but we still need to raise further funds to reach our target of £6,000. But we plan to continue fundraising until we reach our goal!’

One defibrillator costs approximately £2,000 and Specsavers Bedford welcomes all support. To donate, visit the JustGiving page:

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