A lab manager from a Leicester opticians is working in tandem with his work colleagues to raise money for the Leicester and Rutland Hospice (LOROS).

Tony Walker, lab manager at Specsavers on Belgrave Gate, is undertaking a cross-country bike ride on Friday 29 April from his home in Barlestone to Skegness on the east coast. He will be accompanied on the journey by running club friend, Jon Bebb, and aims to complete the challenge within one day.

Team effort 

In preparation for the challenge, Tony and his colleagues at Specsavers have already undertaken their own 101 mile challenge, by taking it in turns to pedal a static bike in store on Wednesday 13 April.

The bike ride is part of a wider fundraising effort by Tony, who leads the Barlestone St Giles Running Club and aims to raise £1,000 for LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice. Over the year, he will be running, cycling and competing in a variety of challenges and races for the charity. 

'Amazing local charity'

‘I wanted a tough endurance challenge to get stuck into to start my year of fundraising,’ said Tony. ‘I’ll be donating all the money I raise to LOROS, which is an amazing local charity and relies solely on public donations to support over 2,500 Leicestershire people and their families each year. I took a tour of the hospice back in February, and it was fantastic to meet some of the team and see the support they provide.

‘I’m hoping that I’ll raise £500 of the £1,000 target in the next few weeks, and I’d be really grateful for any donations to my JustGiving page.’

Anyone wishing to add to Tony’s total can make a donation on his JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Oneyearchallenge 

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