Two members of staff from a Barnet opticians upped the stakes in their fundraising efforts raising over £2,000 for Sport Relief.

Sporting success

Sajida Gitay, optical assistant and clinic coordinator at the Specsavers store in Barnet took part in a sponsored six-mile walk last month and raised nearly £500 for the charity, while Neera Raghwani, optical assistant, took part in a sports leadership programme at her school raising over £1,500.

Hawaiian dancing

In an effort to further boost the amount raised, store staff held a Hawaiian-themed charity fun day including a Hawaiian dance spectacular by 17-year-old Neera, a customer raffle and a cake sale. Through their hard work and generosity staff and customers brought the total amount raised to £2,172.

Determined and delighted

Sajida says: ‘Sport Relief is such a fantastic charity and I was determined to raise as much money as I could doing the walk. I was also delighted to have the support of my colleagues and our customers as it made such a difference knowing they were behind me.’

Huge date on the fundraising calendar

Pragna Raghwani, store director of Specsavers in Barnet continues: ‘Sport Relief is a huge date on the fundraising calendar and an extremely worthwhile cause. Sajida did amazingly well with her walk and the generosity of local residents has been incredible. I’m also extremely proud of my daughter Neera and her dedication to the charity. We want to thank everybody for joining in and supporting us.’

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