A local optician is focusing on the finishing line to raise money for a pioneering charity.
Vigil Marie Garcia, 25, will take on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on 4 October in aid of Fight for Sight - an organisation which supports scientists in their research into eye health.
Vigil, who has recently qualified as an ophthalmic dispensing optician, chose to take on the race – her first half marathon – as she believes the charity carries out vital work across the UK.
Proud to support
She said: ‘Research into eye health and the treatment of conditions of the eye is essential, particularly with macular degeneration and cataracts increasingly affecting the elderly population.
‘I’m very proud to be supporting the charity and can’t wait to take on the race! I hope I can raise a good total for the cause.’
Vigil and her family moved from California to Dumbarton when she was 12 and she has been a Specsavers Dumbarton customer ever since.
Encouraged to progress in Specsavers
She started working at the store as an optical assistant in 2009 and in 2012, after being encouraged and supported by store director Robin Mitchell, she started on a dispensing optician course at Anglia Ruskin University.
Vigil graduated in January and after successfully passing her General Optical Council exams, she is now an ophthalmic dispensing optician.
Store director Robin Mitchell said: ‘Vigil is a very important member of the team and we’re very proud that she’s taking part in the race. I’m sure she’ll do very well.’