A charity tuk-tuk challenge called into Specsavers Wells as part of a 3,000-mile trip around England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for Healing Little Hearts (HLH).

Three-week challenge

Steve Gibbs, 77, set off from Specsavers in Wigston on Monday 17 July on the three-week challenge that will see him driving for more than six hours each day. Wells was his first stop and he was seen off on the second leg of his journey by staff at Specsavers in the city the next day.

‘When we found out that Steve would be stopping in Wells, we were keen to show our support,’ said store director Nic Johns. ‘Apparently the genuine Indian tuk-tuk only has a top speed of 40mph so it’s going to be slow going. What Steve is doing is fantastic though and we wish him all the very best in his challenge.’

Free heart surgery to babies

HLH provides free heart surgery to babies and children that need it most, and operates in India, Africa and Malaysia. Steve’s daughter works with HLH and he has always been keen to support the charity, but since having a pacemaker fitted, he felt he wanted to do something more.

HLH has saved the lives of 971 babies since 2007, which is almost 100 life-saving operations every year. Most of these have been in India, where the charity started operating in 2007.

Every two minutes, a baby that requires heart surgery is born in India, but the resources and specialism only exist in a few places, usually in private hospitals which are out of reach by those who need the help the most.

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