A keen runner from Specsavers Walsall is celebrating after raising more than £575 for charity by taking part in the Great North Run.

Store manager Paul O’Connell joined thousands of other participants for the 13.1 mile run in Newcastle on 11 September to raise much-needed funds for The Macular Society, a national charity that provides support for people affected by central vision loss.

A great atmosphere

‘I had a great time doing the Great North Run, and am so pleased with my fundraising total,’ Paul said. ‘The atmosphere throughout the day was just fantastic – there were thousands of people taking part, huge crowds of supporters and even a fly-over from the Red Arrows. And with the added knowledge that the money raised will go to a great cause, it was great experience all round.

‘Macular disease has a huge impact on sufferers, so funds raised will go towards key research, offering care such as support groups and counselling, improving access to treatment and much more. I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people across the UK, and would encourage people to support this fantastic charity.’

The Macular Society

The macula is the part of the eye responsible for all of our central vision, most of our colour vision and the fine detail of what we see. The Macular Society provides free information and support to improve the lives of over 60,000 people living with macular conditions in the UK, and funds key research with the aim that no one has to face macular disease alone.

‘Paul is a great fundraiser and a valued member of the team here in Walsall, so we’re all extremely proud of him for taking part in the run and raising £575 for The Macular Society,’ commented store director Andrew Clarke. ‘Training for this kind of event takes hard work and dedication, and Paul has those in abundance.’

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