The annual Phoenix 10k was a massive success this July – and as sponsors, Specsavers Brighton in North Street was delighted to put their mouth where their money was in 2018.

The race, organised by local running and triathlon club Brighton Phoenix, donates half the money raised to The Clock Tower Sanctuary. The charity, based in central Brighton, supports local homeless people.

Specsavers team

Four runners from Specsavers – three from the Brighton store and one from the Uckfield and Hailsham stores – completed the race with the fastest clocking up an impressive time of just 42 minutes and 13 seconds.

The team consisted of Jeff Baker, Simon Crisp and Matthew Rowe from Specsavers Brighton, and Badrinath Mohandas from Specsavers Uckfield and Specsavers Hailsham.

Race support

The store also provided race support and water bottles on the night.

Some of the team met the current Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Dee Simson, who had come along to support the race.

A word from the store director

Mike Horler, store director in Brighton, said: ‘Homelessness is a massive challenge in Brighton, and our location means we often find people sleeping in our doorway to gain some shelter from the elements.

‘We want to help as many people as possible find a safer place to sleep, which is why we fundraise in store for The Clock Tower Sanctuary – and why we are so proud to support the Phoenix 10k.’

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