Roshni Thanki, optometrist at Specsavers Hayes, has completed the 2017 London Marathon in a spectacular time of 05:16:47.

Smile with Shiv

Roshni has raised £4,000 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy UK in the process, with plenty of donations still coming in from the store’s customers and her friends. Her total has contributed to the Smile with Shiv team total of £139,800.

Roshni said: ‘After losing an extremely close family friend to muscular dystrophy over ten years ago, Duchenne UK became a charity very close to my heart.

‘I then met Shiv two years ago – a young boy who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a more severe type of muscular dystrophy.

No cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

To my surprise, there was no cure for the tragic condition so I felt I had to do something that combined my passion for sports with building as much awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as possible. I hope one day there is a cure to this horrible disorder.’

In-store trainer, Parmesh Choudhry, said: ‘I can’t explain how proud we are of Roshni. Her exceptional hard work and dedication has really paid off. She has a touching personal story for why she ran the marathon, which I feel struck a chord with the local community.’

Donations are still being collected until June at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roshnithanki

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