The team from Specsavers in Burton-on-Trent took part in a static cycle starting on Monday 26 November in a bid to help friend of the store, Leanne Barrett, receive lifesaving treatment in Australia.
Kate Stevens and Laura Golaub, both dispensing assistants at Specsavers in Burton-on-Trent, are friends of Leanne, who was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in October while pregnant with her second child. Following the premature birth of her baby son, who weighed just 2lb 13oz, her husband Jamie set up a crowdfunding page to get Leanne to Australia for treatment.
Staff from Specsavers originally set out to cycle 837 miles; the distance measured from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland. With a hardworking team including dispensing optician James Gumb, who came in on his day off and cycled for five hours, and super-heavyweight boxing champion, Frazer Clarke, they smashed their target and cycled 1,000 miles in just five days.
A word from the store director
‘The team did absolutely brilliantly and we’re so proud of their efforts,’ said Burton-on-Trent Specsavers store director, Linda Joyce. ‘We’d like to say thank you to everyone in the local community who donated towards a cause that’s extremely close to our hearts.’
To make a donation online, visit the crowdfunding page