The team at Specsavers in Walsall is focusing its efforts on fundraising this summer as one of the team joins thousands of fellow participants to take on the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run. 

Running for Macular Society

Specsavers store manager, Paul O’Connell, will be running the 13.1 mile course on Sunday 11 September in aid of the Macular Society, a national charity that provides support for people affected by central vision loss.

Paul comments: ‘Over 600,000 people suffer from macular conditions in the UK alone, so the research that The Macular Society does is essential. This charity is close to our hearts here at Specsavers, and I’m delighted to be raising money for such a good cause.’

Store director, Andrew Clarke, adds: ‘It takes real commitment to train for this kind of run and the team here at Walsall is behind Paul 100%!’

Support and donations

The Park Street Specsavers team is encouraging customers and passers-by to support Paul with donations, while colleagues lend an encouraging hand during his training. 

The macula is the part of the eye responsible for all of our central vision, most of our colour vision and the fine detail of what we see. The Macular Society provides free information and support to improve lives, and funds key research with the aim to ensure no one has to face macular disease alone.

The Great North Run has taken place annually since 1981 and welcomes over 50,000 runners. Beginning in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, participants follow the course over the iconic Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead cheered on by thousands of supporters, before finishing in South Shields.

All Walsall store information