Staff at a local opticians have gone the extra mile to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that is close to their hearts.

Bike-A-Thon

At the end of July, Specsavers in Gillingham organised a week of fundraising activities for the charity, including a Bike-A-Thon, a cake sell and a dress-up day. With the support of other high street stores – such as Rook and Sons, McDonald’s, Central Theatre, Fraser’s Coffee Shop, Greggs and Wilko – they were also able to hold a raffle in store, with the store managing to raise over £1000 for the great cause.

Craig Holland, store director at Specsavers in Gillingham, says: ‘The funds raised will help provide vital support to people living with the disease and support research to find a cure in the future.

‘Ninety percent of what we know about Alzheimer's has been discovered in the last 15 years, during which time some of the most remarkable progress has shed light on how Alzheimer's affects the brain. That’s why it’s vital that fundraising events like ours continue.

Alzheimer's Society

‘Charities like the Alzheimer's Society are amazing at offering support and it made complete sense for us to support their cause.  I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated - we are extremely grateful.'

As a cherry on top, Gillingham optician Harpriya Chaggar will also take part in a charity skydive on 21 August to continue raising funds for the charity. All customers and local residents are encouraged to pop in store and donate.