The team at Specsavers Oxford took on a 100-mile static bike challenge, helping to raise £870 for Make A Wish in support of a member of staff.

The store got behind the fundraising to help Kelly Sharkey who works as an optometrist at the store. Kelly and her husband Martin sadly lost their son Nathan ten years ago when he was just six-years-old following the diagnosis of a rare neurological condition.

300-mile ride

Kelly and Marty will be taking on the 300-mile, three-day London to Paris bike ride for real in July and the store is keen to help boost their fundraising total.

A huge effort

‘A big thank you to everyone who helped out and donated on the day,’ says Martin. ‘Thanks to the little girl who pulled the last of her change from her purse, to the guy who walked out of the crowd and gave us a £50 note and to the folks who thought the charity so worthy that they returned a second time to donate. Sincere thanks to Specsavers Oxford and Abby Jobson and all her staff for organising the fundraiser and the people of Oxford for being so generous.’

Nathan suffered from a rare neurological condition which was diagnosed when he was one-year-old. This meant he had countless epileptic seizures, sometimes registering more than 40 in a 30 a minute period. This hugely inhibited his abilities and Nathan had limited communication, speech and awareness.

Make A Wish grants life-changing wishes to critically ill children. They go above and beyond to grant these wishes at a time when they need it most.

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