Thousands of runners got their hearts pumping at Norfolk Showground last weekend for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life - including the Great Yarmouth store that raised £600 for the good cause. 

Sight for sore eyes

The team branded themselves team ‘Sight for Sore Eyes’ and were in high spirits (despite the rain and mud) as they faced the 5km race alongside thousands of other runners commemorating and fundraising for their loved ones affected by cancer. 

Leading the team was store manager Roxanne England, who was joined by dispensing optician Rebecca Williams, optical assistant Stephanie Jennings and optical dispenser Lauren England, as well as their children and even a furry friend – Lady the dog.

Emotions running high

After passing the course in an average time of 40 minutes, emotions were running high as all of the team members have lost loved ones to the disease that 12.7 million people are diagnosed with each year worldwide.    

Roxanne said of the day: ‘This is one of the most important events of the year for all of us. To come together with everyone in the community for such a worthy cause is so uplifting – I’m always amazed by the sheer numbers that attend! 

‘We’ve made it a tradition to take part every year for the last seven years and hope that one day there will no longer be a need to do it. But until that day, we’ll keep fighting.’

Raising awareness

But it wasn’t just the event that inspired the team. Friends and family came together to discuss the importance of the awareness of cancer, educating generations to come and creating an atmosphere of support and knowledge. 

Roxanne continues: ‘The atmosphere was so empowering, especially having the support that businesses such as Specsavers give their staff. It encourages us to get involved in important events such as this, especially ones that are so close to our heart.’ 

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