Four members of staff from Specsavers in Kettering are thanking locals for raising more than £2,500 for Guide Dogs UK as they prepare to support the charity with a 180-mile cycling challenge in May.  

Following several months of training, Mark Turner and David Claffey, store directors at Specsavers in Kettering and nearby Corby, along with colleagues Kiran Parmar-Hill and Henry Scott will take to their saddles on Monday 22 May. 

£5,00 target

The team will visit 17 Specsavers stores across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in two days with the aim of raising £5,000.  

Mark said: ‘Last year we decided to support Guide Dogs UK and set ourselves a £5,000 fundraising target. We’re now only a few weeks away from our cycling challenge and have raised almost half our total, which is fantastic. 

‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has already donated and would like to encourage all of our customers to show their support for this brilliant charity.’

Essential aid and support

David added: ‘We’ve all been training hard to prepare for the bike ride. 180 miles over two days will be tough but it’s worth it to know that we’re raising so much for Guide Dogs.

'It’s such a valuable charity that provides essential aid and support to people across the country. We’re pleased to have this opportunity to offer our support.’

Anyone wishing to contribute can visit the team’s fundraising page at or donate in store. 

To find out more about Guide Dogs UK, go to  

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