Ipswich Specsavers' very own optical assistant, Gale Baxter took part in her first ever marathon last weekend running 26.2 miles alongside a record 40,382 participants at this year’s London Marathon.
Running for the RNIB
Gale donned her running shoes in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), completing the gruelling course in four hours and 55 minutes and raising £3,115 for the charity in the process.
A crowd of friends and family came down on the day to cheer her on while her colleagues back in Ipswich staged their own mini marathon in store while tracking Gale’s progress on the course.
After months of fundraising through fancy dress days, in-store entertainment and sponsored events including a bike ride in front of the store, the team had one last push for Gale’s efforts by dressing in running gear, wearing medals and staging their own start/finish line.
A word from Gale
Speaking about her experience, Gale said: ‘It was such an incredible day. I’ve run half marathons in the past but never a full one, so the sense of achievement was overwhelming. The most satisfying part is knowing all my hard work has raised thousands of pounds for such an important cause.
‘I have worked for Specsavers for almost 25 years and I am passionate about helping people with sight loss. I’d like to thank staff and the community in Ipswich who have donated and supported me throughout my training.’
If you would like to donate to the RNIB you can do so here.