Staff at Specsavers are preparing to cycle from coast to coast in a bid to raise £2,000 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Team effort

On Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May the Torquay team are joining forces with members of staff from four other Specsavers stores in the South West to complete the Specsavers Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge in an effort to support Cancer Research UK.

Simon Simmons, 40, and Sean Crome, 45, from Specsavers in Torquay will be taking part in the charity bike ride along with Michael Todd, 28, from Specsavers in Teignmouth.

Charity 'close to our hearts'

Simon Simmonds, store director, said: ‘Cancer Research UK is a cause very close to our hearts here at the Torquay store. Our much-loved store director, Joy Filon, sadly passed away after a bold fight with cancer in 2014. Just seven months later, I sadly lost my wife to cancer as well.’

‘Our coast to coast cycle challenge is a small effort to raise essential funds and perhaps save a life through research and treatment offered by Cancer Research UK.’

The bike ride will begin at the Specsavers store in Minehead and visit Tiverton, Exeter and Teignmouth before arriving in Torquay, covering a total distance of 90 miles across the two days.

To donate

The team is hoping to raise £2,000 for the charity. Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit the store or the team’s Just Giving page

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