Six sporty staff members from Specsavers in Hinckley and Lutterworth are gearing up for a 10 kilometre run on Saturday 3 June as part of ongoing support for international charity, the Ashanti Development.
Elliot Payne, Amanda De Gol and Angela Lomas from Hinckley and Emma Truman, Amy Watkins and Liam De Gol from Lutterworth, will take on the wild run at Stanford Hall to raise funds and awareness for the charity, tackling varied terrain and a series of tough obstacles throughout the course.
‘We’re all looking forward to the run,’ Elliot said. ‘It sounds like a real challenge but it’ll all be worth it to add to our fundraising total!’
The team hopes to raise £12,000 to build a community centre and clinic for villagers in the Ashanti region of Ghana, which will improve healthcare services.
Angela added: ‘We’ll all be running, climbing, swimming and crawling our way to the finish line – it will be a fantastic off-road challenge. Every penny we raise will go towards helping Ghanaians living in poverty, so I’d like to encourage all of our customers to visit us in store to make a donation, or visit our online fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/abhijitroy1.’
The team has been involved with the Ashanti Development Charity since 2010, when store director Abhijit Roy visited Ghana to provide free eyecare and dispense donated specs to remote villagers in the region.
A word from the director
Abhijit commented: ‘I have visited the Ashanti region on a number of occasions, helping to provide improved healthcare for people in real need. It is a fantastic charity to be involved with. During my visit last year, it became clear that the development required a new clinic and community centre to meet the needs of the increasing number of visitors.
'This new project will continue the positive work that has already benefitted hundreds of people in the Ashanti region.’
Established in 2005, the Ashanti Development Charity was set up by Ghanaians living in London, who wanted to improve the lives of people in their home villages. To find out more, visit: http://ashantidevelopment.org/.
Abhijit continued: ‘It takes real commitment to train for this kind of run and I can speak for the whole team here at Specsavers in Hinckley when I say that we’re behind our runners 100 percent!’