Specsavers in Bridlington is taking its month of fundraising to the next level by confirming a 1,000 cycleton and four team member’s participation in a 10k race. In April the Specsavers store confirmed its fundraising mission was for the Motor Neurone Disease Association as a result of the sad news that much-loved colleague Jackie Fairbburn had been diagnosed with the disease.
Later this month Specsavers in Bridlington will be on the look-out for cycle enthusiasts to flex their muscles, all in the name of charity, and join them in attempting to complete a 1,000 mile cyclathon on a static bike outside the store. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to take part.
‘It’s not a race, speed is not of the essence here,’ says Specsavers store director Mark Kunz. ‘The aim of the day is for as many people as possible to join us and raise lots of vital funds on behalf of Jackie for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by sponsoring us. There are no cycling champions among us, it’s all about taking part, supporting Jackie and having a good giggle along the way. I think the fear of saddle sore is growing so the more people we have volunteering to join us on the day the less likely we are to have aching bums!’
Motor neurone disease
Jackie, 54, has dedicated 15 years of her career to Specsavers working 10 years at the Scarborough store and the past five in Bridlington. Jackie began noticing symptoms last April and has been undergoing tests across the past year before her diagnosis was confirmed earlier this year.
Motor neurone disease is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. Motor neurone disease can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe, currently no cure for the disease has been discovered however symptoms can be managed to help sufferers achieve the best possible quality of life.
A word from the store director
Mark Kunz, store director at Bridlington Specsavers, said: “The team is rallying together to ensure we are doing all we can to help and be supportive. Jackie is a much treasured member of the team and we’re determined to raise lots of cash in her honour. To date, from having a tin at the till and by setting up a justgiving page, the team has raised nearly £800."
Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so by popping into store or by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Bridlington-Specsavers Both the Whitby and Scarborough Specsavers stores have been touched by Jackie’s story and are joining efforts with Bridlington store to fundraise for the cause.