A lab manager from Specsavers in Leicester has completed the Men's Health ‘Survival of the Fittest 2014’ challenge, raising a spec-tacular £1376 for charity.
Tony Walker, Lab Manager at Specsavers, 8/10 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, completed the 10k urban assault course in Nottingham on Saturday 11 October. All of the money raised will go to Cancer Research UK. Sadly, Tony has four family members who have been diagnosed with various forms of the disease.
Donations have been pouring in online and Tony’s colleagues helped raise £300 at a fundraising event in the store to show their support. The store’s directors agreed to donate £1 for every eye examination carried out. Customers made donations in exchange for specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) and a cake sale also added to the amount raised.
Tony said: ‘I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve had from friends, colleagues and others. I know Cancer Research UK is a charity that is close to a lot of people’s hearts. The race was a real challenge, but the support I’ve had from everyone was a real motivator and kept me going to the end! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.’
Tony didn’t anticipate getting his fundraising total past £150, but as his total crept up, he said he would shave his head if he reached a total of £1000. He stayed true to his word and shaved his head at the end of the race!
Anyone wishing to add to Tony’s total can make a donation on his Just Giving page.