A Swansea optometrist has raised more than £450 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Helen Roberts, 32, at Specsavers Opticians Gorseinon, braved blisters and rain to walk 22 miles from Rhossili Bay to Mumbles in memory of her grandad, raising much-needed money for the charity.

In remembrance

Helen, who was sponsored by her colleagues at the High Street store, said: ‘I’m proud I was able to raise £460 for Macmillan from this challenge. It was certainly no mean feat, but I loved that I was challenging myself physically while raising money for a good cause and in remembrance of my grandad.’

Helen wasn’t the only Gorseinon staff member to brave the elements for a good cause. 26-year-old Sara Atkinson, an optical assistant at the store, completed the Cardiff Half Marathon and raised £50 for the cancer support charity.

Personal challenge

‘I ran eight miles, two to three times a week, in order to train for it,’ Sara explained.

‘Like Helen, the charity is close to my heart as members of my family have suffered from cancer. It was a challenge I set myself and I was determined to complete it. I wanted to give up at times, but I’m proud of myself for ploughing through and completing it.’

About Macmillan

Macmillan has been supporting cancer patients and their families for more than 100 years. Its staff aim to help patients take control of their lives, by providing a range of support, whether it’s financial and work advice or just someone to talk to.

A word from the store manager

Store manager, Liz Berrell, said: ‘We are so proud of Helen and Sara for completing such gruelling physical challenges. Macmillan is a great charity and does so much to help those affected by cancer. Every penny counts and without fundraisers like Helen and Sara, Macmillan couldn’t support as many people as they do.’

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