Specsavers in Newport donated specialist glasses worth £1,000 to a team of cyclists who set off on a gruelling 1,000 mile fundraising challenge to raise money for Alexander disease, a rare disorder of the nervous system that affects around 500 people worldwide.

The store gave 10 pairs of Puma cycling glasses to the 10-man team ahead of their cycle to every NHS children’s hospital in England and Wales.

Children’s Hospital Challenge

Named the ‘Children’s Hospital Challenge’, the 10-day cycle was led by Cardiff City Football Club academy coach, Adrian Harvie, who’s three-year-old daughter, Emilia, has the rare genetic disorder.

The challenge saw the cyclists visit 17 hospitals in 13 UK cities from Cardiff, Birmingham, London and Newcastle to donate toys and books to the children’s wards as well as raise funds and awareness of Alexander disease.

All funds raised were donated to the charity, Climb, a national centre that funds research into metabolic diseases.

‘Wonderful cause’

Craig Mackenzie, director of Specsavers in Newport, said: ‘This was a unique fundraising challenge, not only because of the rarity of Emilia’s condition, but the physical challenge Adrian and his team are going to undertake.

‘Cycling to 17 hospitals in 13 cities is intense but to combine their efforts by taking time to visit children’s wards is inspirational. We’re delighted to have lent our support to the campaign and hope the specialist glasses has helped to aid the cyclists’ trip; we wish them the very best of luck in other future fundraising events.’

To donate towards the Children’s Hospital Challenge, visit www.givey.com/c/fundraiser-chc.

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