Determined staff at Specsavers in Stranraer are taking on a 1,280-mile trek to raise money for Comic Relief.

Staff at the store in George Street are paying tribute to the history of the charity by collectively covering the distance from Ethiopia to Uganda – and are encouraging customers who are inspired by their journey to donate to the cause.

Keeping fit for charity

The team will walk, run, cycle and swim the distance, which is the equivalent of travelling between Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa (the focus of the first ever Red Nose Day) to Uganda’s capital Kampala (this year’s Red Nose Day focus).

All activities will be monitored and measured using Fitbits and running apps, and added to a chart which contains the running total. The team started their journey at the end of February and participants are hoping to raise more than £2,000 for the cause.

A word from our store director

Store director Elaine Hawthorn said: ‘Our journey is already underway and we’ve covered a good few miles already.

‘We’re always very proud to be involved in any activity in aid of Comic Relief: it’s a fantastic charity and it carries out vital work all over the world.

‘We’re determined to reach the 1,280-mile mark by 24 March – and maybe go even further. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of customers donating to the cause.’

Comedy waving hand glasses, priced just £2, are available in store now. All money raised from sales of the specs will be donated to Comic Relief. The glasses come in adult and children’s sizes.

Customers are also being encouraged to take a waving selfie while wearing the glasses and share it on social media using the hashtag #giveusawave

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