Specsavers in Wigston was proud to support 77-year-old customer and friend of the store, Steve Gibbs, on his three-week challenge touring the cardinal points of England, Scotland and Wales in a genuine Indian tuk-tuk.

Support from whole store

Steve started and finished his journey from Specsavers in Bell Street with support from the store and staff. So far he has raised more than £1,000 for the Healing Little Hearts (HLH) charity, a cause both he and the staff at Specsavers feel very strongly about. 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 feels it is his time to give something back. The tuk-tuk has a maximum speed of around 40 mph, so completing the 3,000-mile challenge in 21 days will involve more than six hours of driving every day. 

A word from the store director

Specsavers store director, Kay Chotai, said: ‘Steve’s spirit is amazing. We have supported him in his charitable efforts before, but this challenge was on another scale altogether.

'The work HLH does is truly amazing, so the whole team was so proud to support Steve on this challenge. We were delighted to wave him off on the morning of 17 July, and welcomed him back on with bubbles and cheers on Sunday 6 August.’

About the charity

Since 2007, HLH has saved the lives of 971 babies, 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 exists in a few places, usually in private hospitals, which are out of reach by those who need the help the most. 

To visit Steve’s fundraising page, please click here 

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