Two employees at Specsavers in Barrow-in-Furness recently donned their hiking boots to take part in the 48th annual Keswick to Barrow trek, raising over £300 for the Alzheimer's Society.

Jade Rimmer and Claire Batty, two optical assistants from the Barrow-in-Furness store, embarked on the arduous 40 mile hike in an effort raise funds in the fight against the disease, which Jade’s grandfather suffers from.

Selfless and proud

Simon Le Fever, store director at Specsavers in Barrow-in-Furness, says: ‘I’m extremely proud of the work that both Jade and Claire have done in raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Not only are they a credit to their families and of course, Specsavers, this effort also illustrates their selfless character.’

The Keswick to Barrow Walk was inspired by U.S President John F Kennedy’s claim in 1966 that ‘every American should be capable of walking 50 miles a day’. It started as a competition between submarine crews and shipyard workers. Since its inception in 1966 it has grown to over 2,500 participants.

The trek starts at Rough How Bridge, three miles from Keswick, and proceeds over Dunmail Raise then onto the progressive ascent up the Kirby Moor, finally arriving at the Hawcoat Parks Sport Club on the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness.

Close to our hearts

Jade Rimmer comments: ‘Since my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the charity has become a vital resource for my family as well as the many thousands of people living with the disease. I thoroughly enjoyed the amble, and the fact that we raised such a figure for the Alzheimer’s Society is the icing on the cake.’

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