Opticians in Clapham have run up an amazing £500 in donations for an international charity after taking part in the Hampton Court Half Marathon last month.

A team of keen runners from Specsavers in Clapham completed the 13 mile race held on Sunday 18 February, finishing the course in under two and a half hours.

Those taking part from the business included store director Neil Bryant, store director and optometrist Yannick Dyant, dispensing optician Alan Costales and trainee dispensing optician Shabbar Hudda.

Supporting those in need

The race was particularly personal for Shabbar, with all the proceeds raised from the day being donated to World Without Barriers, a charitable organisation he actively supports. World Without Barriers helps to provide poverty relief, education and support to orphans and widows living in challenging conditions across the globe.

Shabbar says: ‘We all had to leave home by 5:30am to get to the marathon on time and I had to get two buses and two trains just to make it at all! Thankfully, the effort was worth it and money we have raised mainly go towards our current project, which aims to provide a home for 60 homeless orphans and widows by the end of this year.’

'Fantastic effort'

Specsavers Clapham store director Neil Bryant adds: ‘It was a fantastic effort by the team and although we were all feeling a little sore by the end, we were thrilled to be able to support Shabbar and raise so much money for such a worthy cause.’

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