A determined Specsavers employee took to the streets of Brighton to raise money for charity – and has smashed his fundraising target by almost £1400.

Paul Challis, manager at Specsavers in Stranraer, took on the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15 April.

The team at the George Street store supported Paul in his preparation for the 26.2-mile trek – his first ever marathon – in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Paul’s target was £450 and his JustGiving site shows that the total has now reached £1932.

Huge thank you

Paul said: ‘I’m completely overwhelmed by the amount raised and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated. It was a fantastic experience and I’m so glad I did it. It took me completely out of my comfort zone but I really pushed myself.

‘I’ve worked in optics for 12 years and I’ve seen how much work the RNIB does to support people who have been diagnosed with sight loss. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved for the cause and I hope that the money will help families all over the UK.’

Very proud

To generate funds, alongside sponsorship, Paul organised a quiz night at The Custom House in Stranraer in March and also raffled off a voucher for a one-night stay for two at Trump Turnberry.

Specsavers Stranraer store director Elaine Hawthorn says: ‘We’re very proud of Paul. He’s done a fantastic job and the money raised will help people with sight loss all over the UK.’

To add to Paul’s total, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-challis1

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