Specsavers staff in Tamworth have gone the extra mile to help raise money for local charity, Tilly Helps Harry Helps Others.

Taking part in the gruelling half-marathon on Sunday 4 May in Lichfield  were:

  • Store director Ravinder Bahia
  • In-store trainer Ben Parkes
  • Barry Large, husband of store director Lisa,
  • Assistant manager Marc Brook 

The store has fundraised for Tilly Helps Harry Helps Others for the past 18 months, raising more than £3,000 through a variety of activities. The team of four all trained hard in the run-up to the race and for Ravinder, Ben and Marc it was their first half marathon.

Ravinder Bahia said: ‘We knew running 13 miles would be tough but undoubtedly worth it as this is a charity that is so close to our hearts.’

The store has an especially close connection with the charity, which was established by staff member Louise Sweet, after her daughter Tilly was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Tilly, who is now in remission, was admitted to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2011, which is where she met fellow patient, Harry Moseley.

Harry made national headlines when the inspirational youngster started a campaign to raise awareness about brain cancer, raising funds by making and selling beaded bracelets. But sadly Harry’s health took a turn for the worse after brain surgery and he passed away on 8 October 2011. 

Tilly’s charity is dedicated to raising money for the Help Harry Help Others charity, through fundraising events and activities, and by continuing to make and sell the beaded bracelets. 

All funds raised are distributed three ways, to help continue research into brain tumour cancer; support for families currently going through this ordeal; and also to help fund those organisations which provide care at certain stages of treatment, such as the Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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